Originality Check

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Submitting Assessments to Dropbox - Originality Check

Dropbox - Originality Check is a software application designed to match the content of your written work with written work from other university submissions, websites, journals, articles, etc.

This Help Guide includes a myriad of information to ensure you can locate, submit and interpret supplied results from the Dropbox - Originality Check.


What does the Originality Check do?

When your work is submitted to an originality check enabled assessment Dropbox, the submitted material is checked against a database that contains billions of internet pages and previously submitted student work for originality. Not only does this software alert the user and instructor to plagiarism, but it also analyses the writing style contained within the submission to ensure consistent language from the writer. An originality report is then generated for the instructor and the student, depending on the settings.


Step One: Submitting an Assessment

Originality Check is integrated within VU Collaborate. If enabled by an academic, any assessment submitted via the Assessment Dropbox will automatically be processed through this software. 

Prior to submitting your document into the Dropbox, ensure that the document does not contain less than 400 characters, or is more than 50MB, as this will cause an error to appear when generating an Originality Check. 

1. Access the Dropbox by selecting Assessments, followed by Dropbox.

Accessing the Dropbox

You may be prompted to allow the application to access your information, VU Collaborate is a secure format, and it is vital you enable this option.

2. Select the Check-Box, then select Continue.

Allow Access for Urkund to access your computer

3. Locate and select the appropriate Dropbox for your assignment.

Selecting the appropriate dropbox

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select, Add a File.

Adding a file to a Dropbox

5. Depending on where you have saved the assessment task, select the appropriate area. For assessments saved directly on your computer select, My Computer.

Selecting a file from My Computer

6. Select Upload and search for your document, once selected your assessment task will begin to upload into VU Collaborate. 

You can also drag and drop your file within the space below:

Uploading a selected File

7. Once the uploading of your file is complete, select Add.

Uploading and adding a selected file

8. You may enter any additional comments for the instructor in the space provided. If this is not required and you are ready to submit the assessment task, select Submit.

Submitting an uploaded file

9. You will be redirected to a confirmation page detailing your submission information. You will also receive a confirmation email to your student account confirming the submission. When you have finished, select Done.

Reviewing your assignments submission

Not every Dropbox will have Originality Check enabled as it may not be necessary for the assessment requirements. This is at the discretion of your instructor.


Step Two: Accessing Your Dropbox - Originality Check Report

Once you have submitted your assessment to the Dropbox, a report will begin processing. However, generating an Originality Check report can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours once a document has been submitted. 

When submitting your document, it's recommended that you do not add characters into the name of the file as this can cause errors with the analysis.

The following steps outline how to access an Originality report.

1. Access the Originality Report section by selecting Assessments, followed by Dropbox - Originality Check.

Accessing The Dropbox - Originality Check

2. Select Show Details to view the status of your assignment submission.

Select "show details" to view results

3. If the Originality Check is not yet complete, the status of the document will be displayed as Processing. Refresh the page after a few minutes to once again check the status of the report.

An assignment being analysed, displays "processing"

4. Once the Originality Check is complete, the status of the document will be displayed as Analyzed.

Selecting the assignment you wish to view

5. Select the Document Name (Lab Report A), followed by View Report from the drop-down menu.

Selecting view Plagiarism report

If an Error status appears for a submitted document, it may be due to the submitted document containing less than 400 characters or the document exceeding the limit of 50 MB. If a report has still not been generated, and the earlier mentioned reasons do not apply to your document, then we would recommend reaching out to your teacher for further investigation. 

Error Status

You can upload a document to the Student Induction space to obtain an originality check score indication before submitting to the unit dropbox in the unit you are taking.   When submitting an assignment in that dropbox, by default your document will be deleted and not indexed. However, when viewing the Originality Report, there is an option to “Opt-out”. It is very important that you do not select this option, or the following option “Do not delete my document". This will make your submission matchable against itself when submitting to another dropbox. A 100% match back to your first submission could occur.


Step Three: Interpreting Your Dropbox - Originality Check Report

The Dropbox - Originality Report provides a great deal of information and details areas of possible plagiarism, improper referencing, converting documents from other languages and variance in writing styles.

Analysis Overview:

  • This overview highlights specific areas within the document that appear to be copied from other sources. You can select the orange highlighted regions to be directed to the appropriate section. 
  • Large areas (such as the one demonstrated) should be avoided where possible, consider adjusting your submission if possible to prevent large chunks of potentially plagiarized text.

An overview of plagiarism throughout the document


  • Outlined within this section are all outstanding concerns within the submitted assessment task.
  • Matching Text - Details all areas within the document where sentences are the same as previously submitted assessments or online sources. 
  • Warnings - Any unusual use of full stops or white text (lowering word counts) will be detected within this section. This section will also demonstrate any language variation, possibly indicating other possible authors.
  • Cross-Language - Any text that may have been plagiarised in another language and converted into English within the document will be detected within this section.
  • Selecting View The Entire Document will allow you to have an overview of the entire document and demonstrate any areas for concern.

All possible plagiarism findings

Matching Text:

  • If any plagiarised, matching text is identified within the document, selecting these areas will demonstrate the supplied text in comparison to the original source. The percentage of plagiarism will also be taken into account. However, in this case, the text was a 100% match, possibly indicating plagiarism. 
  • Selecting Next Highlight will allow you to progress to the next area of concern.

A comparison of your submission with possible sources

Matching Text in Another Language:

  • Any text that may be plagiarised and converted into English from another language, will also be detected by this software. 
  • Indicated below, the supplied text and the matching source text will be compared. However, in this instance a 46% match was detected, indicating possible plagiarism. 

Comparing your assignment with other sources in various languages


  • The similarity section demonstrates both the document score and the receivers (instructors) average score for all submissions.
  • In this instance the detected concerns within both the receivers average and the submitted document were relatively insignificant.
  • If high plagiarism is detected, along with a high receivers score, this could be due to an old assessment task being provided to students. This feature provides a safeguard to both students and teaching staff.

Your overall plagiarism or similarity score

Submission Details:

  • This section outlines all information regarding the assessed document, including word count, submission date and time along with the submission ID.

Submission details

Further Reading 

To learn more about referencing, plagiarism and Victoria University's standards regarding student submissions, read through the referencing guides provided by the library.

To learn more about this Originality check tool and plagiarism in general, see Ouriginal_Plagiarism-Handbook_for_students.pdf

If you want to learn more, regarding assessments, grades and quizzes, take a look through these other useful Help Guides: