Unicheck is a plagiarism checker. It verifies the originality of submitted texts or documents and delivers detailed similarity reports to instructors and students.
Unicheck can be integrated into Canvas LMS and used by instructors in Canvas Assignment activity. After a student submits an assignment, instructor receives a comprehensive similarity report, which becomes available within a few minutes.
Please refer to our Unicheck Report Guide for details on design and functionality of the Unicheck Report.
Integration procedure comprises two parts:
1. Creating integration in Unicheck Admin Account (at corp.unicheck.com).
2. Adding Unicheck app in Canvas.
1. Creating Integration
Go to corp.unicheck.com and log in using the details of your Unicheck Admin account. Then go to the Integration section and click Create LMS Integration.
Follow the steps below to create the integration:
STEP 1: Click Connect Unicheck under the Canvas Similarity Detection Integration icon, then choose a name for the integration (e.g., “Canvas Similarity Detection”), and click Next.
STEP 2: Copy and save Register URL. You will need it while adding Unicheck app in Canvas LMS.
Click Ok, I’m Done! and then Next.
STEP 3: Review the default global settings (only Administrator can change them) and then click Skip for now or Save as defaults (if you made changes to default settings).
- Store original documents.
If the setting is ON, instructors will be able to download originally submitted files. If the setting is OFF, originally submitted documents will be unavailable, but their content (text) will still be stored in the user’s local database and used by Unicheck for comparison with other submissions.
- Upload your logo.
Click Choose File to upload a logo to be displayed in PDF similarity reports. Recommended file formats: PNG or JPG.
Report view settings
- Auto Exclude Citations & References.
If this option is enabled, Unicheck will search and highlight in-text citations and references (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard).
Excluding quotes means highlighting them in the submitted document. Detected quotes will not be checked for plagiarism.
Excluding references means highlighting them in the submitted document. Detected references will not be checked for plagiarism.
- Similarity sources.
This filter allows to automatically exclude matched sources based on the set parameters. The minimum value for “Words” is “8” (set a higher value to omit sources with longer matches). Excluded sources will not be added to similarity score.
If this option is enabled, Unicheck will not highlight matches with previous submissions made by the student within the same course.
STEP 4: Review the default global instructor settings and then click Skip for now or Save as defaults (if you made changes to default settings) to finish the integration.
2. Adding Unicheck App in Canvas
STEP 1: Log in to Canvas LMS as administrator and navigate to the account, sub-account or course you want to enable Unicheck for. You may create multiple integrations if required.
Integrating Unicheck with your institution’s top-level account will enable Unicheck for all accounts, sub-accounts, and courses at your institution.
STEP 2: Go to Settings → Apps and click View App Configurations.
STEP 3: From Configuration Type drop-down list select By LTI 2 Registration URL.
Paste Register URL that was copied during STEP 2 of Creating Integration and then click Launch Registration Tool.
Note: You may also find Register URL of your integration by visiting the Integrations section at corp.unicheck.com.
Once everything is set up correctly, you will see a dialogue window confirming that Unicheck is ready to be enabled in Canvas. Click Enable to finish the integration process.
Testing the Integration
STEP 1: Create a new assignment in Canvas LMS.
In Canvas assignment settings, select Online from Submission Type drop-down list, then tick File Uploads or Text Entry.
STEP 2: Select the Unicheck option from the Plagiarism Review drop-down list.
STEP 3: Modify Unicheck default settings if necessary and click Save & Publish at the bottom of the page.
STEP 4: Wait several minutes and make a test submission within the newly created assignment. To make a submission, go to Settings → Student View or log in as a Student.
If you make a submission right away, Canvas Plagiarism Framework might not launch an automatic plagiarism check for the submitted file. To launch the check manually, open SpeedGrader and click Resubmit to Unicheck next to the file name.
STEP 5: Exit Student View or log in as Administrator / Instructor and go to SpeedGrader.
Unicheck Report is generated within a few minutes after a student submits a document within a Canvas assignment. When you open the document in SpeedGrader, you will see a colored similarity score indicator next to a file name, which means that the Unicheck Report is ready. Click on the similarity score indicator to view the online report.
Managing Integrations in Unicheck Admin Account (at corp.unicheck.com)
After your integration has been set up, you can access it in the Active Integrations subsection of the Integrations tab. Click Disable Integration to the right of an integration name if you want to disable any particular integration. Such integration will appear in the Canceled Integrations subsection and can be enabled at any time.
Managing Integrations in Canvas
To disable or delete an integration, log in to Canvas LMS as administrator and select the required account, sub-account or course.
Go to Settings → Apps and click View App Configurations. Click the icon to the right of the integration name and select the required option from the drop-down menu.
Unicheck can also be integrated into Canvas beta environment (for US users only) by following the same steps as described in Adding Unicheck App in Canvas.
Canvas administrators and instructors can access the beta environment by adding beta in their Canvas URL (e.g., yourinstitution.beta.instructure.com).
Learn more about Canvas beta environment here.
Shared Libraries (Associations)
Unicheck offers its users an option to share libraries between different institution accounts. This means that plagiarism search/comparison can be conducted across submissions stored in two or more associated accounts.
Associations can be useful, for example, when several branches of the same institution have separate accounts, and the institution wants to search across submissions made by students in all its branches.
Another example is an institution that has an agreement with other institutions to expand plagiarism search and share libraries on a mutually beneficial basis.
For any Association member, Unicheck does not provide access to documents stored in another Association member’s library. Unicheck only highlights matched segments in the submitted document and displays the following information related to the matched document: Institution’s Name, File ID, Submission Date.
Please contact the Unicheck Team or Account Manager to request this service.