Similarity check (Turnitin)

If you are a WUR staff member or PhD candidate and you do not have access to Brightspace, you can ask the Copyright Information Point to perform a similarity check. Teachers can use Turnitin (or Unicheck) in Brightspace to quickly and efficiently check if students’ work is original and if they cite and reference the sources properly.

Turnitin vs. Unicheck

The similarity check tool Turnitin is made available again at WUR. At the end of 2020, the tool Unicheck was implemented, but during the implementation it was discovered that Unicheck only checks against open sources and not against password protected sources. For this reason, it was decided to make Turnitin available again for at least the coming months. Unicheck will remain available in Brightspace until 15 March. For more information see the Brightspace & external learning tools intranet page.

How to request a similarity check

WUR staff members without access to Brightspace can send us the document by  e-mail and we will use Turnitin to perform the check. The outcome of the check, the similarity report, will be sent to you as soon as possible and if necessary, an information specialist from the Copyright Information Point will explain how to interpret it.

Teachers are requested to use Turnitin (or Unicheck) in Brightspace to check students' work, for example, by creating a Brightspace Course for MSc-thesis students where students can submit their thesis. The outcome of the check is available as soon as the student has uploaded the assignment.

Check for similarity - how does it work?

Turnitin compares the text of the submitted document with the text of all documents saved in the Turnitin repository. A similarity report is then generated.

In the Turnitin similarity report, you will have access to the similarity score. The similarity score is the percentage of the document’s content that matches the content of the Turnitin repository. The report also indicates which parts of the text match the repositories content.

Be careful when you interpret the Similarity Report and always check the similarity score in relation to the sources of the match. There is no “magic score” that indicates plagiarism. Click here to find out how to interpret the Similarity Report (information provided by Turnitin).