You are here: AU  Staff  Staff Service Studies Administration Plagiarism detection

Plagiarism detection

Aarhus University has 2 plagiarism detection systems, iThenticate and Urkund.

Urkund is a system for detecting plagiarism in student assignments at AU and is anchored at AU Library. AU Library has solid experience with the use of the system. They provide support for system use, and are also a key player in relation to the prevention of plagiarism at Aarhus University.

iThenticate is used by Health and Science and Technology to detect plagiarism in PhD theses.

You cannot get access to Urkund and iThenticate to detect plagiarism in your own texts. 

What is Urkund?

Urkund is a plagiarism detection tool, accessible to all lecturers at Aarhus University.

Urkund can detect overlaps between texts and thus help spot cheating in written assignments. Urkund searches in 3 different sources: the Internet, material from publishers and previously screened tasks from institutions with a license to the system.

Urkund has existed since 2000. It was developed by the Swedish company PrioInfo and is used in upper secondary schools and universities, etc., in several countries.

Read more about Urkund on their own website.

How do I use Urkund?

  1. Urkund is mostly employed in relation to the digital exam systems, where tasks are screened automatically.Urkund is integrated into the digital exam systems: WISEflow and Digital Eksamen. It is not necessary to have a personal account to access Urkund in these systems.

  2. Urkund can also be used on an ad hoc basis. As a member of staff at AU you can get a personal Urkund account (subject to agreement with your faculty). Then you will be able to check assignments on an ongoing basis, when it suits you. Urkund can be used via your mail program, by attaching tasks to an e-mail that you send to your own Urkund email address. You can obtain an Urkund account by contacting your local faculty representative at AU Library.

  3. A third possibility is via Urkund’s integration with Blackboard. This requires you to actively create a so-called "Urkund assignment" for the individual courses. When this is done each task that students submit is checked automatically. This requires a personal account, which you can obtain by contacting your local faculty representative

See a not entirely new, but still instructive (Danish), video from Aarhus BSS (it should be noted that the color coding does not indicate the degree of plagiarism, but only a found overlap. It is up to the subject specialists to assess whether there is any question of plagiarism).

Download a short guide to Urkund. If you are in any doubt, contact your Urkund faculty representative.

How do I get access Urkund?

Contact, or your local faculty representative, in order to gain access to Urkund. Lecturers and other staff may be granted access. To create an account you should indicate: name, position, e-mail and department.

If you have any questions about Urkund, you are also welcome to contact

Manuals and guides to Urkund

On Urkund’s own support pages you will find manuals and guides.

The following can be particularly useful:


Before you send your first assignment, you can see an example here of an Urkund analysis, so that you have an idea of how an analysis looks.

If I suspect plagiarism

If you suspect plagiarism in an assignment, it is important that you do not consider the Urkund analysis to be concrete proof that the student has committed plagiarism.

The Urkund analysis must be studied in order to determine whether it is just a matter of careless citation practice or plagiarism. If you need help finding out how to read an Urkund analysis, AU Library Urkund Support are there to assist you.

If, after having studied an Urkund analysis thoroughly, you have decided to proceed with a case, you must report and document the case to Educational Law. Educational Law will handle the subsequent processing of the case, based on your documentation. 

Read more on cheating at exams, procedures and sanctions
Also read the guide for students on cheating at exams

More about plagiarism - for students and lecturers

It is important that students are made aware of the rules on documenting sources and managing references to avoid plagiarism. AU Library has a made number of resources available, which you can share with the students.

As a lecturer, and researcher, we have the following information pages for you:

Your faculty representative


Mathias Johannes Michelsen

Information SpecialistAU Library, Emdrup
H bldg. B, 242b
P +4591356417

Jesper Frederiksen Ølsgaard

LibrarianAU Library, Nobel Park

Aarhus BSS

Lisbeth Petersen

AdministratorAU Library, Fuglesangs Allé
H bldg. 2624, E3
P +4591356468

Helle Vinbæk Stenholt

AdministratorAU Library, Bartholins Allé


Marina Therese Axelsen

LibrarianAU Library, Health Sciences
H bldg. 1265
P +4589462258

Janne Lytoft Simonsen

Research LibrarianAU Library, Health Sciences
H bldg. 1265
P +4589462366
P +4521387814

Science & Technology

Morten Hjorth Gad

LibrarianAU Library, Ny Munkegade

AU Library is part of the preventive measures against plagiarism. We are always ready to give presentations, and enter into a dialogue on how we help can strengthen students' awareness of academic integrity, good citation practice, reference management and source criticism. Please contact your faculty representative to learn more.

AU Library has also assembled information on the subject for students.

1430567 / i40