Ouriginal - Plagiarism Detection Tool
Getting started with Ouriginal
Ouriginal supports academic integrity by identifying textual similarities between documents submitted to Brightspace and available resource materials. It is used in several Canadian universities such as Concordia, McMaster, McGill and Toronto.
The software does not determine whether or not plagiarism has occurred - it shows similarities of text with other sources. It is up to author of the work to reduce the percentage of similarities to a level that can be considered acceptable.
Not all text that is flagged as being similar to other existing texts is considered plagiarism.
- Appropriately cited texts
- University templates
- Phrase not necessary to quote (universally known phrases)
- Coincidence due to commonplace
- Turn of phrase
Learn more on Ouriginal
Easy to use
Ouriginal is adaptable and fully integrated with the Virtual campus (Brightspace).
Efficient and accurate
It delivers accurate analysis reports quickly. Ouriginal provides insights into textual matches in a reliable and easy-to-understand fashion. Instead of spending hours manually searching for suspicious content, Ouriginal provides an efficient similarity check in just a few clicks.
Highly accessible and reliable
Ouriginal use multiple servers at independent sites to store data and run the application. So even if one of them goes down, the system can continue functioning as normal. It is designed in a way that there is no single point of failure.
The documents are treated with absolute confidentiality and will never grant access to others without permission. Ouriginal always remain in full control of their data. Ouriginal comply with the principles of GDPR and CCPA which regulate an organization’s practices for personal data protection.
Safeguards and promotes academic integrity
Having an accurate and efficient plagiarism prevention system established at our university means we take academic integrity seriously and shows we care about promoting original thinking and development among students. Furthermore, it safeguards our reputation and assures others of the quality of our degrees and institutional effectiveness.
Ouriginal is fully integrated into the current workflow of the Virtual Campus (Brightspace) assignment tool without having to change how you work.
Metrics: Intelligent writing style analysis
This feature takes stylometry to the next level. By using pre-defined quantitative parameters, the software can analyze different writing styles and identify writer patterns which can then be used to verify the authorship of a document. The writing style analysis can be used to deter ghost writing/ contract cheating.
Cross language text matching
This feature helps identify matching text even when it has been translated from another language. Ouriginal’s software can detect similarities in a text irrespective of language.
Licensed content from quality sources
Ouriginal is committed to expanding their comprehensive database to ensure it remains relevant and current for their clients using their writing styles analysis and text-matching features. In addition to open access content available on the internet, their editorial strategy includes the aggregation of important scholarly content from academic publishers such as Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, IEEE and Gale/Cengage.
Fewer false positives
False positives can greatly undermine the overall analysis and can make it increasingly frustrating for a user to evaluate the originality of a text. Ouriginal’s machine learning algorithms identify false positives and remove them from the analysis, thereby enhancing the accuracy of the findings.
Ouriginal analysis report is detailed and presents the findings of their features in an easily readable format. The report highlights the matches in text in the submitted document and lists the most relevant sources to the matched content.
Documents and Resources
Discover below how to use Ouriginal for student assignments
For each section, you will find documents created by the TLSS.
Ouriginal is integrated with the Virtual Campus (Brightspace). Instructors will use the assignment tool within Brightspace and will choose to use Ouriginal to get analysis report when students submit their work.
Create an Assignment
Creating an assignment with Ouriginal is not much different from what you normally do with Brightspace. You willl also decide if students get the analysis report of their work.
As soon as the analysis report is produced, you will have available results on the coincidences of the submitted text with other sources, alerts of possible attempts to deceive the program and coincidences with texts in other languages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement to the original source.
According to The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), academic integrity is “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.”
Ouriginal is an award-winning software solution that combines text-matching with writing style analysis, enabling educators and users to assess the authenticity of any text.
To know more, please click here.
When a document is submitted to Ouriginal, it is compared to sources online, alongside our multiple academic databases, licensed content, and previously submitted documents. The most relevant sources are then singled out and presented in the analysis report, which shows a detailed view of all the matching texts alongside the sources. To learn more, please click here.
The integration of Ouriginal with Brightspace allows you to create assignments that can be analyzed with Ouriginal seamlessly, since the ability to analyze a submission is done after the assignment has been created. For more details on creating assignments that can be analyzed with Ouriginal refer to the support documents for Ouriginal.
Submitting an assignment to be analyzed with Ouriginal is a seamless process for students.
However, you have to discuss with them the purpose of similarities analysis, and you have to plan in advance an alternate arrangement for those students’ choosing to opt out the use of Ouriginal.
Currently, the system can accept the following formats: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .pdf 2.0, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps, .odt, .odp, .ods, .tif, .tiff, .ps, .hwp, .pages, and .zip.
Documents in any other format will be rejected by the system. Instead of a confirmation e-mail, the submitter will receive an error message. Please note that documents submitted to Ouriginal may not contain any protection or encryption.
It will depend on each department, but in general, the idea is to substitute the automated analysis by a progressive work where the student, in several phases and multiple submissions of their work, clearly shows the development of his ideas, and the structure of the ideas which support them but belong to other authors.
As a result, the teacher can propose that the work be submitted in a pre-established number of samples, with requirements for each document submitted, including the Information Management System created by the student, or graphical tool such as a conceptual map, tracing the connection between the student's ideas and their theoretical framework.
One of the important issues to remember is that the requirements for jobs submitted for analysis by Ouriginal and those who will not be analyzed using the software must appear to be of the same standard, so that it does not appear that we are penalizing the refusal.
Students must know about it since the beginning of the course. Syllabus should include a message as so:
“Course essays will be analyzed using a plagiarism detection tool for a review of textual similarity to help you avoid plagiarism. This process implies that essays will be included as source documents in the tool’s reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting similarities.”
It is important that you faculty take a few moments in class at the outset of your course to discuss the relation between this tool and academic integrity, as it was referred in the Academic Integrity mandatory training.
We strongly recomamnd that you use Simple Syllabus to create you Syllabus.
The two activities are separated. You can view de Ouriginal’s analysis of the submitted paper, and then, if that is the case, you could go to the grading tool and assess it.
The Similarity Report is an analysis made by Ouriginal of each of the documents submitted for an assignment. It highlights textual similarities and provides links to sources where those matches could be found. Similarities are matter of concern, but do not imply necessarily that the paper was plagiarized. Is for the instructor to decide, based on the report and any other complementary sources of information, if the text need to be worked again to reduce the percentage of similarities.
There are two methods: create a research space on Brightspace where researchers will have an assignment and they can upload their research work on multiple occasions without the work being rated as 100% similar; or use a personal account, by deactivating each time the similarity produced by this same work previously submitted.