Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 25 May, 2018     Views: 867

Under University regulations, all theses are submitted to the CheckIt service before formal submission for assessment. As of January 2018, the service is managed by the administration team in the Taught Programmes Office in each College.


CheckIt uses plagiarism detection software called Urkund on the University's platform for digital assessment, WISEflow, to generate an originality report for your draft. It compares your thesis to other published work, online content and other submissions, looking for matches. While often referred to as a plagiarism check, in fact this is not entirely accurate. The results show matched content found, but cannot tell you conclusively whether plagiarism has occurred. This is because further context and the judgment of an academic expert, such as your supervisor or examiners, is required to determine whether content has been plagiarised.


There are several valid reasons why matched content occurs, for example, where common jargon or terms are repeated, or where you have published articles or conference papers based on your thesis research. The software can also help identify material which has not been correctly quoted or cited and so can be used to help proof-read the final draft.

Where you are citing your prior work, you should cite and reference it in the same way as expected for any other third party work, to avoid self-plagiarism.

A range of support services are available at Brunel to help you with citing, referencing and academic skills.