Transition from VeriCite to SimCheck: FAQs

Why did the APU move from VeriCite to SimCheck?

VeriCite was bought by Turnitin in 2019. Turnitin developed a new plagiarism detection tool called SimCheck to replace and is now retiring VeriCite.
SimCheck offers a modern and improved interface and a better repository of documents against which assignments are checked.

When is the change coming?

  • August 24, 2020: All new and copied assignments must use SimCheck. If you copy a course with assignments that use VeriCite, you’ll need to change each assignment to use SimCheck. VeriCite reports will no longer be available.

If an assignment is added in VeriCite during the transition, will it automatically be moved into SimCheck?

No. SimCheck must be enabled on all assignments. If a course that uses VeriCite is copied, instructors will need to change each assignment to use SimCheck. Courses that use SimCheck will retain the setting when the course is copied.

What databases does SimCheck access?

SimCheck uses our institutional repository (copied from VeriCite) and the Turnitin internet database which is larger than the VeriCite internet database.

How do I use SimCheck?

Learn how to submit an assignment and read a similarity report.

How do I create an assignment or change an exciting assignment using SimCheck?

  1. Log in to Canvas and go to your course.
  2. Locate a VeriCite enabled assignment, click on the assignment to edit it.
  3. Select the "Edit" button

  4. Scroll down and make sure "File Uploads" is selected for "Online"  Submission Type.

  5. Scroll down the assignment to "Plagiarism Review"
  6. In the corresponding drop down box, change "None" to "SimCheck"

  7. Customize the Turnitin plagiarism settings. See Creating an Assignment (Turnitin online help) for more details.
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    Patricia Esslin

    I do not see that as an option in my Canvas.

    I only see VeriCite.

    Please advise and thank you,
    ~Dr. Esslin

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    Steve McLean

    Scroll Down and make sure "File Uploads" is selected for "Online" Submission Type

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    Patricia Esslin

    I had that and have tried to send you a screen shot to no avail.

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