Unicheck is the Seminary's plagiarism checker. Unicheck works by checking submitted essays against the internet and against other essays submitted at ATS. Unicheck returns a report showing how much of a given essay is potentially plagiarized.
For information on how to submit your essay to be checked for plagiarism before turning it in, please see "How do I submit my essay to Unicheck to check for Plagiarism
." This article will review the main features of a Unicheck report.
To open a Unicheck report, go to your Grades page in Canvas, and click on the green/yellow/orange/red flag. This will open your Unicheck report. It may open in a new browser tab. (NOTE: This may not be available in your regular classes. This guide is primarily referring to reports generated in the SC100: Student Canvas Tutorial course, though all Unicheck reports contain the same features.)
Your report should look something like this (red numbers added by me) (sample paper used with permission of the author):
1. Your report includes a complete copy of your essay, with highlighting. Orange represents material that Unicheck has flagged as potential plagiarism. Blue highlights are used for material that Unicheck recognizes as a quotation and believes is properly cited. Purple highlights are used for the actual citations and bibliography.
2. On the upper left, this shows the distribution of potentially plagiarized material, quotations, and bibliographic material through your essay. Each line represents a page of the essay. This lets you see in a glance where the potential problems are.
3. This is your originality score. It shows what percentage of your essay matches other materials Unicheck searches, either on the internet or in the library of other essays written by ATS students. NOTE: It's actually very rare to get a score of 0%. Don't freak out just because you see a number.
4. This shows where they found a match for each highlighted section. They are sorted in order from the biggest match to the smallest. Clicking on this will jump you to the part of your essay that matches, enabling you to review the section in question to double-check that everything is correctly cited. Likewise, clicking on the orange highlighted material will bring up the relevant source.
When looking at a specific source match, Unicheck gives you the option to directly compare.
If the source is openly available, it will open it up for you to directly compare the two sources, like this:
This allows you to put the sources side by side and see what Unicheck is flagging. Remember, however, that just because Unicheck flags something, it doesn't mean it's a problem. In this case, if you look closely, you can see that Unicheck's search algorithm matched this paper against the author's own Academia.edu page. So, even though it shows as a 6.28% match, there's a legitimate reason for that match, and it's not an issue.
In general, Unicheck recognizes when material is properly quoted and cited. Back on the main page, if you click on "Quotes," it will focus in on the blue-highlighted passages. This is material it recognizes as quoted, but cited.
It also generally recognizes your Works Cited page/Bibligraphy, which it highlights as purple.
To conclude, Unicheck gives you the opportunity to check your own work for plagiarism before turning it in.
Additional information about interpreting Unicheck reports can be found here