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Urkund / Ouriginal is plagiarism detection software used by ATU Galway-Mayo.


Urkund / Ouriginal is an online text-matching tool which is available to students and staff of ATU Galway-Mayo as part of an overall institutional strategy to educate students about academic integrity.

Urkund / Ouriginal automatically checks student work against existing texts from three central source areas – the Internet, certain published material and their own archive.

How it Works

There are basically four parts to the Urkund process.



















Useful Guides

Urkund Quick Start Guide 

Urkund a guide for ATU Students 
(please note lecturer settings may vary, so some information may differ)

Urkund a guide for ATU Staff


The aim of Urkund is to help students improve their academic writing techniques by highlighting similarities to other sources on the Internet and other students’ work enabling them to make decisions about the quality of their writing.

For example, has the student:

  • Relied too strongly on one source.
  • Paraphrased, summarized or quoted someone else’s work without referencing it.
  • Used no sources at all and thus their work is uncorroborated.

Urkund should also help in reducing instances of plagiarism and improve overall academic integrity. It is a formative tool intended to help students. Students are encouraged, but not required, follow up on the analysis it provides.

How do I upload my work?

Your lecturer will inform you if Urkund is used for the course or module you are taking and you will typically summit your work to check it's originality via Moodle. 

Please note the library cannot give access to Urkund.

How do I read the analysis?

Urkund normally takes 1 hour to generate a report, however at busy times it can take up to 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 to your student email address as soon as you submit.

Step by step instructions on how to read Urkund analysis can be found online from the Urkund website.

File Formats

Urkund supports the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps and .odt

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