Plagiarism Detection

What is SimCheck?

SimCheck is APU's new plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text. APU has integrated SimCheck within our Canvas instance. The service automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of online sources.

How does SimCheck work?

SimCheck 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. SimCheck 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 Vercite?

Beginning August 24, 2020, Vercite will no longer be used in Canvas for plagiarism detection. VeriCite was bought by Turnitin in 2019. Turnitin developed a new plagiarism detection tool called SimCheck to replace Vericite. SimCheck offers a modern and improved interface and a better repository of documents against which assignments are checked.