Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 17 Aug, 2017     Views: 605

Not exactly. Plagiarism detection software is used at Brunel by some academic staff as a tool to help them review student work. Plagiarism detection is something that can only be done by an academic expert such as an examiner or thesis supervisor, which can sometimes be made easier with the help of software like Urkund, or Turnitin.

Urkund is the software currently used at Brunel, replacing Turnitin from August 2017. It works in much the same way as Turnitin, providing a factual 'originality report' on the percentage of matched content in your work to a range of sources in its database, including other published sources, previously submitted content and online sources.

It can also be used in combination with academic judgment to find evidence of plagiarism or other types of academic misconduct. However, a high percentage of matches does not indicate plagiarism, and can occur for a number of reasons, e.g. where it contains a high proportion of jargon.

An Urkund report can also help identify when work has not been correctly quoted or cited, which may indicate a need to improve referencing skills .

If you are a postgraduate student on a doctoral degree, your PhD thesis will be checked through Urkund before your Viva. If you have queries about plagiarism in your work, you should discuss these with your personal tutor or supervisor. For advice and information on plagiarism, including support and training available see Plagiarism and referencing linked below.

Help and further advice are available via the links below.