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Graduate Studies

Ouriginal (Urkund) vs Turnitin

McMaster University has two subscriptions for plagiarism checking software, both attached to Avenue2Learn.

Turnitin is regularly used for courses, both undergraduate and graduate, whereas Ouriginal (previously known as Urkund) is intended for persons who create research documents[1].  The main difference between the two systems is how they treat document retention.

  • Turnitin stores any document submitted in perpetuity on servers in the USA, and is ideal for work that isn’t publicly disclosed, like assignments, so that copies from previous years cannot be submitted as new submissions.
  • Ouriginal allows submitted documents for evaluation of their originality to be deleted once no longer needed. Submitted documents are housed on servers located in Sweden or Canada while they are present on the system.

[1] Ouriginal software (previously known as Urkund) is part of a three-year pilot project conceived by the School of Graduate Studies and funded by the Provost through the Strategic Alignment Fund