Plagiarism detection

Aarhus University uses Ouriginal (formerly Urkund) for the screening of exam assignments. The screening of texts is carried out in order to detect any plagiarism.

The primary use of Ouriginal is found in the digital exam system WISEFLOW.
Ouriginal is integrated with this and checks all submitted material in these systems.
You can see a short guide from ouriginal, on how to read an analysis here.

As a student, you cannot access Ouriginal for checking your own materials, as the system is not intended for this purpose.

Ouriginal support from AU Library

As a teacher and examiner, you have access to external analyses via Wiseflow, this support can help you can make the most out of your Ouriginal rapport.

We are also able to help you run checks of papers not turned in the examsystem (i.g. termpapers)

We do not check scientific material in Ouriginal prior to submission to conferences or journals.

Aarhus BSS

Solveig Sandal Johnsen

Information Specialist AU Library, Bartholins Allé


Ida Lunde Jørgensen

Information Specialist AU Library, Emdrup

Jesper Frederiksen Ølsgaard

Librarian AU Library, Nobel Park


Janne Lytoft Simonsen

Research Librarian AU Library, Health Sciences

Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences

Morten Hjorth Gad

Librarian AU Library, Ny Munkegade

About Ouriginal

If I suspect plagiarism

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

Ouriginal highlights only duplicate text areas between documents, and duplicate text does not necessarily equal plagiarism. Duplicate text may, for example, be a quote that has been viably inserted into a task and where a clear source has been documented. An Ouriginal analysis must be read in its context in order to determine whether any plagiarism has occurred.  

The Ouriginal analysis must be studied with a view to determining whether it is just a matter of careless citation practice or plagiarism. If you need help finding out how to read an Ouriginal analysis, AU Library Ouriginal Support is here, to assist you. 

If, after having studied an Ouriginal 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.  

What is Ouriginal?

Ouriginal is a plagiarism detection tool, accessible to all lecturers at Aarhus University via the exam system Wiseflow.

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

Please note that Ouriginal does not work in conjunction with all the publishers that AU Library provides access to. Please contact your faculty representative if you have any questions about specific publishers, or if you have suggestions for journals that you would like to see included in Ouriginal's comparison base. We will then contact Ouriginal in order to discover what possibilities are available to meet your needs.

More about plagiarism - for students and lecturers

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

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