Plagiarism Detection

Please note that VeriCite will become SimCheck during the Summer of 2020.

What is VeriCite?

VeriCite is a plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text. APU has integrated VeriCite within our Canvas (and Sakai) instance. The service automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of online sources.

How does VeriCite work?

VerCite can consume student in-line submissions and submission files in most common file formats (e.g. pptx, html, docx, pdf, txt, rtf, ppt, doc, odf, etc.). It converts the student submission into plain text and excludes any quoted material from matching. The rest of the text is then compared for exact matches with existing source material. VeriCite uses string matching methods, along with a series of algorithms and scoring processes, to identify matching texts. A final report is presented to the user highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.

What happened to Turnitin?

In January 2018 APU switched its plagiarism detection service from Turnitin to VeriCite for cost savings purposes. The last day to access Turnitin is August 30, 2018. As a result, all reports and assignments created in Turnitin will no longer be available after this date. Faculty who want to save any documents uploaded to Turnitin will need to do so before the transition date.

All APU papers submitted to Turnitin will be ingested into Vericite's database. In other words, papers submitted to Vericite will be analyzed against those formerly submitted to Turnitin. However, papers submitted to Turnitin via their website portable or outside of the APU domain (i.e., a faculty created their individual Turnitin account using another institution's domain) will not be ingested into our instance of Vericite.