Ouriginal is an online text-matching tool that allows users to identify similarities between documents. The School of Graduate Studies is making this tool available to graduate students and supervisors to foster an awareness of academic integrity and proper research conduct among students, and to ensure that theses and thesis-related documents are compliant with Concordia’s Academic Code of Conduct prior to submission for examination.
No. Only graduate students in thesis-based programs are typically eligible to request an Ouriginal account through the Thesis Office. Exceptions may be considered upon email request to RequestOuriginal@concordia.ca; a statement as to why Ouriginal is required must accompany this request. The exception is that students writing major research project documents that are deposited on Spectrum are eligible to obtain Ouriginal accounts via the Thesis Office.
Yes, as a co-author you are permitted to analyze your document using Ouriginal.
No. Only the author can upload unpublished/unsubmitted drafts of a sole-authored work to Ouriginal. However, after a thesis (or thesis-related document) has been formally submitted for examination it may be submitted to Ouriginal by other members of the University (e.g., Examining Committee, GPD, SGS, etc.). A supervisor may upload a student’s unsubmitted thesis draft to Ouriginal if the student grants explicit written permission to the supervisor to do so.
Any written component that is part of a thesis-based graduate program, such as a research proposal document. Other such documents may vary widely from program to program.
Yes. Once your thesis is publicly available in Spectrum it can be analyzed by anyone using Ouriginal or other text-matching software.
It is important when using Ouriginal to know how to correctly interpret a similarity report. If you are a student, please talk to your supervisor or consult with a Learning Specialist about how to revise your drafts accordingly.