How VeriCite Checks Submissions Against UNF’s Institutional Database

This article explains how VeriCite compares new submissions against previously submitted work by a UNF student.

  • In the situation where the same student submits the same paper to the same assignment in the same course, it will not compare the papers.
  • In the situation where the two different students submit the same work to the same assignment in the same course, it will flag the work as plagiarized.
  • In the situation where the same student submits the same paper to different assignments in the same course, it will not compare the papers. VeriCite does not compare the same student’s papers in the same course, not matter which assignment. This is so that instructors can create “Draft” assignments and then submit “Final” assignments.

For more information on how Vericite detects plagiarism read their FAQs page, http://help.vericite.com/m/faqs/l/467189-does-vericite-detect-self-plagiarism.

Reading the VeriCite Report

When VeriCite detects a match with another student’s work it indicates it as such in the plagiarism report.  Depending on what course the original work originated from, you may not be able to access the full body of work from the plagiarism report.

Example:

If the original author (Student A) is enrolled in the same course as the student whose report indicated they plagiarized the work (Student B), then you can view the full body of work that was submitted by Student A.  If Student A was enrolled in a different course, or section, then you will only see the snippet of Student A’s submission that directly pertains to what VeriCite indicated as plagiarism in Student B’s report.

UNF’s Institutional Database

Prior to Canvas and VeriCite our LMS and plagiarism tool was Blackboard and SafeAssign.  During the switch between LMSs our Safe Assign institutional database was imported into VeriCite to assure that body of work is checked against, but there is a caveat.

When a student submits something to either SafeAssign or VeriCite there is metadata associated with that submission such as student demographic information, course name, and submission date.  Due to the limitations of the import process that information did not come across during the import.  In these cases the submission information that is available in Paper Details will appear to have come from VeriCite.  For these papers you will not be able to see their full body of work if it is flagged in an plagiarism report, you will only see the work that was flagged as having been plagiarized (just as it would if it were the work of a student not enrolled in a different course).

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