VeriCite makes it easy to identify and investigate possible plagiarism in the papers your students submit. It’s a tool embedded in your learning platform that turns potentially negative situations into positive teaching moments, changing the conversation from “caught you” to “taught you.” VeriCite helps teach the value of academic integrity as part of a broad approach that includes well-designed assignments, resources on proper citations and instructor-student conversations.
The use of VeriCite is entirely optional. You can use it in one assignment and not another. Your first step is to decide whether to use VeriCite. If you use VeriCite in your assignments, make sure that your students are aware that their work is being checked and that they have access to resources about properly citing the works of others.
- Create an assignment as usual. Check the box next to Enable VeriCite Submissions.
- Finish setting up the assignment then click on Update and make sure to publish the assignment
- Your students can submit papers as soon as the assignment is available.
To view VeriCite reports:
- The link to the VeriCite report will display in Speedgrader and in the Grades area. Click on the VeriCite report link to open the report.
- The report will be regenerated each time it is viewed and displayed within a few seconds.
- Explore the results by clicking on sentences in the report or by clicking on a source in the source comparison panel. You can exclude specific sources or sentences from the report. Also, you can use the comment feature to add annotations to the report.
Interpreting the VeriCite report
VeriCite scores each sentence by the matches that are found in VeriCite’s massive index of public resources, in Microsoft’s Bing search index and in your institution’s private repository of student papers submitted to VeriCite. Sentences are color coded from low to high match. Similar to other services, the VeriCite score is the number of plagiarized sentences divided by the total number of sentences with small adjustments based on the strength of the matches. If you plagiarize three sentences out of ten, you should receive between a 28 and a 32 based on the strength of the matches.
It’s up to you to determine if the paper includes inappropriately used content. Any sentence that is scored as a high match is worth investigating. A paper with several medium match sentences may suggest some paraphrasing or patch writing. Plagiarism can be accidental as well. Generally, if the submitted paper is scored above 15% (under “Details” in the report) you should investigate the sources. You can click on each sentence to find its corresponding match; you can click on matching materials to find the corresponding sentences.
Be careful interpreting matches to other plagiarized papers and citations other than the primary source. You can selectively ignore any matches (click on down arrow for source and select “ignore”); the paper will be automatically rescored.