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Ouriginal: Ouriginal Student Guide

Ouriginal (Formerly known as URKUND) is an online text-matching tool which is available to students and staff of Dublin Business School as part of an overall institutional strategy to educate students about academic integrity. You will be provided with two opportunities to submit your assignments via Ouriginal prior to a third and final submission. A text-matching report will be generated. Use this report as an opportunity to revise your work to avoid and educate yourself about plagiarism. Ouriginal is available via the assignment submission box on the module pages of Moodle.

What size file can I submit?

Moodle Assignment has an upper limit of 600MB. Ouriginal will not process files with under 430 characters.

What types of files does Ouriginal accept?

Ouriginal accepts files in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf (unprotected), .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps and .odt.

Where do I submit to Ouriginal?

Submit your assignment as normal via Moodle. Choose Add submission and upload the document from your own files. Moodle will send your submission to Ouriginal. 

Submitting drafts on Ouriginal

Ouriginal is a teaching tool for students. Use Ouriginal to submit drafts of your work in advance of final submission. If Ouriginal indicates that the submitted work matches other sources to a high degree, please consult library referencing and assignment writing guides.

To Submit Drafts on Ouriginal

  1. Upload the file through Moodle as normal. The file is now in a draft phase. Be sure not to finalise the submission. Ouriginal will email the report to you within the hour.
  2. When you receive the report, you will be given a link to make your work 'Exempted'. Exempted works will not added to Ouriginal's collected pool of sources. Marking your work as Exempted will stop it from artificially raising your Ouriginal percentage. Note that your document will still be checked against internal and external sources. Please make sure you mark your work as Exempted.
  3. After receiving the Ouriginal report, you can edit your work by selecting ‘edit submission’ and then re-upload the document.
  4. Once you are satisfied with your document you can send for marking by selecting ‘submit assignment’, this is the copy the lecturer will receive. 

Ouriginal normally takes 1 hour to generate a report, however at busy times this can take at least 24 hours. When submitting drafts you should allow plenty of time before your assignment deadline in order to receive the draft’s report. You will receive an email from Ouriginal (to your student email address) as soon as you submit. 

Tip: Please note that that if you include the coversheet, Ouriginal will text-matched the coversheet to 100%.

Accessing the Report 

You will be notified by email that your report is ready to be viewed. You can  also check the submission status of the uploaded document on Moodle. In the example below the report is ready for viewing.


Ouriginal Traffic Lights
Ouriginal uses a traffic light system when displaying matching similarity. Green and yellow indicate either 
little or no matched text. In these circumstances matched text is very likely due to references, questions and cover sheets being the same. When the colours are orange, red or black, further investigation is recommended.


Understanding the Report

You will know that the report is ready for viewing when the similarity percentage is displayed. Click on the Ouriginal link next to the % to see the Ouriginal  report. 



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