What is Unicheck?
Unicheck is a similarity checker. It verifies the originality of the submitted text or document and delivers a detailed similarity report to the teacher/instructor. Unicheck integrates only into Assignment activity in Canvas LMS.
How to enable Unicheck in the Canvas assignment?
To enable Unicheck in the Canvas assignment, change Submission Type to Online and choose option File Uploads.
Choose Unicheck Plagiarism Checker in field Plagiarism Review.
If you do not see Unicheck on the list of available apps, please contact the LMS administrator. In this case, the administrator should verify if the Unicheck app has been installed properly.
Exclude submissions from institution’s Library. Use this option to create ‘Draft’ assignments. Submissions in ‘Final’ assignment won’t be matched against ‘Draft’ assignments.
Auto exclude citations & references from search. When you turn on this option, Unicheck will search for citations (APA, MLA, Turabian, Harvard, Chicago) and references in the text and will highlight them. Citations are marked with blue color,references are marked with violet color. Marked citations and references might increase originality level.
Adjust system similarity search settings. For large texts like thesis or dissertations or similar documents, recommended % value is 0. Otherwise, you might unintentionally omit relevant sources. For words filter, minimum value is 8. Set a higher value to omit larger sources.
Scroll and click Save down the page.
Note: After enabling Unicheck in assignment we recommend waiting up to 3 minutes before students start submitting. Similarity reports will be generated for these submissions.
How do I know when Unicheck reports are available?
Once Unicheck report is ready, you will see a similarity score for the submission. To view Unicheck report, click on the similarity score.
Unicheck uses following colors to represent similarity ranges:
- Blue: 0%
- Green: 1-24%
- Yellow: 25-49%
- Orange: 50-74%
- Red: 75-100%
Interpreting the similarity results
Unicheck report uses several colors:
The report provides an opportunity to switch between sources from the Internet and Library. In the case you only need sources from the Internet, please turn off the group of sources from the Library (see the figure below). This way, the excluded sources will be displayed in the “Omitted Sources” section.
Note: if you disable one of the source groups, the percentage of similarity will be recalculated.
Click on the marked area in the report to see a matched source (alternatively, click on a source in the list to show a matched text):
Click Omit source icon to filter out specific matched source:
To include omitted source, scroll down and click Include source icon:
Click View original source icon to view a matched text in the source:
View a match in a source (screenshot below). Click Show plagiarism sections, to browse matches one by one. If you do not see a match on the page, click Show hidden text.
If Auto Exclude Citations and References option is turned ON in the Unicheck assignment settings, citations and references will be filtered out automatically.
Citations identified by Unicheck are marked with blue background color (Unicheck identifies MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian and Harvard styles):
To turn off a specific citation, click Omit citation icon:
To turn on a citation, click Enable this citation icon:
References identified by Unicheck are marked with violet background color.
Please note, when Exclude options for citations/references are ON, total similarity % will be adjusted accordingly:
If you do not have the "Omit" and "Exclude" options, please contact your LMS administrator.
Letters with character replacement and other forms of cheating (font/encoding replacement etc.) are highlighted with bold red formatting with underline. Unicheck reverses replaced encoding and searches for similarities. If match is found - a source is included in the report. Character replacement typically indicates a cheating attempt.
How do I download Unicheck report for specific submission?
Open the Unicheck report and click Generate Report button. Once a report is ready, the button name will change to Download Report. Click it to get a PDF version of the report.
I want to suggest a feature, provide feedback
Feel free to contact Unicheck account manager and suggest improvements or provide feedback. We’ll do our best to improve the product/service based on your suggestions.