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How does Urkund work?

Urkund/Ouriginal is a plugin in your Moodle course page that will appear as an option for you to enable in the settings section of Assignment, Forum, and Workshop. As professor, you simply enable Urkund for your Moodle activity as one of the settings for your activity.

It is important to note that if you are using an activity that is duplicated from a previous Moodle course or assignment in your course, you will need to select the ‘edit’ option and then re-save the activity. Otherwise reports will not be generated.

Once a student submits their work, the software immediately begins a search for direct matches in the content with the internet, Scholarly Journals & Academic Publications, Concordia’s internal student database, and Urkund’s global student database.

Typically, it takes under 5 minutes with a ten-page paper for the software to conduct a similarity search and generate a Similarity Report. A two hundred-page dissertation or thesis would generally take 20 – 30 minutes to generate a report.

What does the Urkund Similarity Report provide? 

The Similarity Report is divided into four main sections:

  • The first section of the report provides an overall similarity score.
  • The second section provides a summary of the sources that were found to match text segments.
  • The third section itemizes the matching blocks with the related sources and the similarity score for that section.
  • The fourth section provides a side-by-side comparison of the submitted text with the matched text for each matching block.

Using Urkund in your course

If you intend to make the similarity score available to students when they submit their work, you must include the following text in your Course Syllabus to ensure that students are aware their work will be subject to an authenticity check.

Course syllabus recommended text

For some of your assignments, your professor will be using the software Urkund / Ouriginal. It uses text matching technology as a method to uphold the University’s high academic integrity standards to detect any potential plagiarism. Urkund / Ouriginal is integrated into Moodle. For the assignments set up to use Urkund / Ouriginal, the software will review your paper when you upload it to Moodle. To learn more about Urkund’s privacy policy please review its Privacy Policy.

Setting up Urkund in your Moodle course

The following guide demos how to enable the Urkund/Ouriginal plugin with your Assignment, Forum, or Workshop.

It is important to note that if you are using an activity that is copied from a previous Moodle course, you will need to select the ‘edit assignment’ option and then re-save the assignment. Otherwise reports will not be generated.

Urkund for Thesis Advisors and Graduate Students 

If you are interested in using Urkund/Ouriginal as a thesis advisor or if you are a graduate student writing your thesis, for account activation support for an Urkund/Ouriginal account, please email

Platform Accessibility and Data Privacy

  1. The Urkund/Ouriginal platform is designed for WCAG 2.1 AA compliance, so adheres to accessibility guidelines. 
  2. All Concordia student data is owned by the university and will not be included in Urkund’s global repository.

Best Practices for Using Urkund/Ouriginal


Concordia's Academic Code of Conduct

Academic integrity is key to academic success at Concordia University. More specifically, “The integrity of University academic life and of the degrees, diplomas and certificates the University confers is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of the instructor student learning relationship and, in particular, that of the evaluation process. Therefore, for their part, all students are expected to be honest in all of their academic endeavours and relationships with the University.”
(Academic Code of Conduct, Article 1)

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