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Configuring Ouriginal for a Canvas Assignment

NOTE: Any instructor who uses Original in their course must add the following text to their syllabus from legal:

Students may be required to submit written assignments for this class to Ouriginal, a web-based plagiarism detection software, prior to submitting the assignment for grading.  Be advised that assignments submitted to Ouriginal will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.  If an assignment contains personally identifiable information, and a student is uncomfortable submitting personally identifiable information to Ouriginal, the student should speak to the faculty member about alternatives.”

Login to Canvas and navigate to your course.

Create a new Assignment in Canvas.

Between Submission Attempts and Group Assignments, you will see a new category called Plagiarism Review. By default, it is not turned on.

When creating an Assignment that needs to be scanned by Ouriginal, there are two recommended submission types for the assignment. These are the only two that Ouriginal can scan. Those are Text Entry and File Uploads.

NOTE: Whether Text Entry or File Upload, Ouriginal requires a minimum of 430 characters and 20 words to scan the content.


Ouriginal can only handle certain file types. The supported files types are as follows.

NOTE: The picture file types, such as PDF, must have been created with OCR (optical character recognition) for the tool to run and not be just a solid picture file.

Currently, the Ouriginal system can accept the following formats: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .pdf 2.0, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps, .odt, .odp, .ods, .tif, .tiff, .ps, .hwp, .pages (4).

Since all students at WCU have access to the Microsoft Office suite for free, the recommended File Uploads for papers is as follows:

That covers older and newer versions of Microsoft Word. Even if the client does not have that word processing application available, word processing applications give the option to save the file in Rich Text Format (RTF).


Ouriginal recommends Unlimited Submission Attempts when configuring an assignment for plagiarism detection. This works well when multiple submission will be coming in for a situation with multiple drafts and gives students additional attempts if they have problems with their initial submission. In Canvas, students are only able to view their most recent submission with an Assignment, but instructors can view all submissions if needed.



When you turn on the Plagiarism Review, you have several options to configure.

Anonymous – This means that the student data goes to Ouriginal without the student’s name attached to it. This means that information is not sent from Canvas- this setting is about privacy.

NOTE: This setting does not anonymize student submissions in Speed Grader. That is a different setting outside of this LTI.


Analyze Submission after Deadline – This setting allows the system to check all of the papers at the same time. This can help to detect collusion in the classroom- that is, multiple students turning in the same content.

NOTE: If you select this option, all submissions on the assignment will show a processing icon UNTIL the Due Date passes.

Do not save documents submitted to this assignment to Urkund – When students submit multiple drafts or submissions, if this button is not checked, the system will think students have self-plagiarized. If you allow 2 or more submissions, this checkbox will need to be selected.

NOTE: Ouriginal is a merger between Urkund and PlagScan, so some of the verbiage in their system lists the older names.



Show report to students – This determines when students can view the originality report on their submission in Canvas.

Immediately – This is considered best practice and students can view the report as soon as it is completed.

After the assignment is graded – Students can view the report once the instructor has entered a grade in Canvas.

After the due date – To use this feature you must configure a Due Date for the Assignment.

Never – This option never allows students to view the originality report on their submission.


Feel free to configure the rest of the Assignment as you would like but it is always a good idea to add a Due Date, an Available from date, and Until date.



From the student perspective, the only difference in submitting an Assignment with the Ouriginal plagiarism tracking turned on is the additional check box statement: This assignment submission is my own, original work.







NOTE: It may take up to 30 minutes for an originality report to be completed for a paper, depending on file size and request volume to the system at the time, but it usual takes less time than that.


If you check the submission in the Grade Center, you may see a click icon while the paper is being processed:


From the student side, if they check the Grades link in your course, they will also see a clock icon while the paper is being processed:


As the instructor, you view the originality report from Ouriginal in the SpeedGrader. If the paper is being processed, you will see the same icon there:


NOTE: The Resubmit to Ouriginal button is a legacy setting that does not do anything with the current LTI. Pressing it doesn’t do anything with the current iteration of Ouriginal.





Once the paper has been processed, you will see a new icon in the Grade Book:


From the student perspective:


And in SpeedGrader:


NOTE: Depending on the originality score, the icon may be different colors, such as red.


You may occasionally see an exclamation point icon next to a submission. This can be generated because the submission wasn’t long enough to scan or the student submitted a file type that Ouriginal cannot scan.


Clicking on the icon in SpeedGrader will pull up the originality report.


If you would like more information on interpreting the report generated, here are some resources from Ouriginal:

Quick Start Guide for the Analysis Report


Knowledge hub for students (including a Plagiarism Handbook and Sample Similarity Report




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