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.
If you are using Ouriginal for the first time:
- Please request an account by using our webform
- If you have an account, log in directly through the Ouriginal website
After your account is created:
- You will receive an email containing a link to validate your account
- Click on the link under the header “Additional functionality” to activate your account (the link is valid for 96 hours)
- After you validate your account, you can log in through the Ouriginal website
To find all user guides and specific information and tutorials on how to set up and use Ouriginal with various LMS, please visit the Guide and Tutorial help page.
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No. Only the author can upload unpublished/unsubmitted drafts of a sole-authored work to Ouriginal.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.
Please consult Ouriginal's Quick Start guide and other instructional resources on the CTL webpage regarding how to interpret an Ouriginal similarity report.
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.
If you suspect research misconduct and/or plagiarism in a formally submitted thesis containing original research, contact the Concordia’s Research Integrity Officer immediately for information on how to proceed. For all other non-thesis related infractions, please contact the Academic Governance Assistant
- Review Concordia’s Understanding Plagiarism guide and the Academic Code of Conduct
- Read the Copyright Guide for Thesis Preparation
- Consult research conduct resources
Be sure to check the referencing standards outlined by your department and consult your supervisor.
- Verify the requirements of your citation style
- Participate in the Avoiding Plagiarism at the Graduate Level (GPLL32) workshop hosted by GradProSkills
- Take an appointment with a Learning Specialist or ask a Librarian
Visit CTL's Ouriginal webpage for course-based graduate students and undergraduate courses (via Moodle).
- Please visit the Ouriginal help page if you have questions about Ouriginal and its use.
- For Ouriginal account activation questions, please email RequestOuriginal@concordia.ca.