Similarity check (Unicheck - previously Turnitin)

If you are a staff member or PhD student of WUR and you do not have access to Brightspace, you can ask the Copyright Information Point to perform a similarity check.

How to request a similarity check

Send us your document by e-mail and we will use Unicheck to perform the check (previously, we used Turnitin). The outcome of the check will be send to you as soon as possible. Teachers are requested to use Unicheck in Brightspace to check student work, for example by creating a Brightspace Course for MSc-thesis students where students can submit their thesis.

Check for similiarity

During the similarity check, the text of the document will be compared with our Institutional Library as well as with open sources and web-pages on the internet. Our Institutional Library consists of over 285.000 documents which were uploaded by WUR staff and students to the repository of Turnitin since 2009.

Unicheck doesn't have a global database consisting of all Institutional Libraries. Therefore it is not possible to compare documents against (student) documents uploaded by other institutions. At the moment it is not clear if documents behind a pay-wall are included in the check for similarity. We will keep you informed.

Unicheck PDF report

After the check for similarity, the Unicheck PDF report will be send to you by e-mail and where necessary an information specialist of the Copyright Information Point will explain how to interpret your report.

Here is some information about the interpretation of the Unicheck PDF report:

  • On the first page of the Unicheck PDF report, the total amount of matches is depicted in percentages. This amount is then broken down in a percentage for internet sources and a percentage for library sources (from the Institutional Library). Also the source of the highest match is provided. Furthermore, the amount of quotes used are depicted in percentages and if replacements are used, it will be depicted here as well. An example of a replacement is when a Latin o was replaced by a Cyrillic o. At the end of the PDF report, all sources are listed. The sources include a number and a link to the source when available.
  • From the second page of the PDF report onwards, the original document is depicted and matches are highlighted in orange. Quotes are highlighted in blue and references in purple. At the bottom of each page, the number of the matching sources are provided. The number correspond to a source mentioned at the end of the PDF report.

If you have any questions about this service or you want us to perform a check for similarity, feel free to contact the Copyright Information Point by e-mail.