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The University of Canberra has available, through LearnOnline (Moodle), text-matching software that helps students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understandings of academic integrity. Known as URKUND, the software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals. A recent report points out that text-matching software shows text parallels and that educators need to decide what is plagiarism.
However, for both staff and students, it is important to clarify that Urkund is not a plagiarism-checking tool. It is a text-matching tool. This is an important distinction. Urkund will generate a text-matching report which can be accessed by yourself and your students, and it will give a percentage score to show how much text it can match. Many students see a percentage of 20% for example, and panic, thinking they have plagiarised. They often go to unnecessary and counterproductive lengths to reduce this number. It is often not the case that they have plagiarised, as they may be directly quoting and citing a source, which Urkund then matches.
It is recommended that students and staff are familiar with the policies around academic integrity and with any specific faculty policies in this area. It is also recommended that academic integrity is embedded within the curriculum and assessment practices (see about building integrity).
Related policy, academic skills, and library information:
You can find further information about UC's approach to academic integrity in the UC Student Conduct Rules 2015.
Study Skills provides a range of programs to help students understand academic integrity, incorporating the work and ideas of others into their own work, referencing and using Urkund. Online modules to help students to understand these topics can be found at the Study Help Moodle site, which also contains information regarding the face-to-face Study Skills programs.
The UC Library produces the UC Referencing Guide which contains detailed information for how to reference sources using the commonly-used referencing styles (APA, Harvard, AGLC3, Vancouver and Chicago). Study Skills and the Library run joint EndNote training workshops several times each semester – details can be found on the Study Skills webpage.