What is VeriCite?
VeriCite is a plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited
text. VeriCite is most commonly used within a learning management system to scan student
submissions. The service automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of
online sources. VeriCite is available integrated into the Sakai and Moodle learning management
systems, or as a standalone IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) service which can be
integrated into any other platform or LMS that supports LTI. Our inspiration for creating this service
was to provide our clients with an affordable, reliable plagiarism service that delivers reports
How does it work?
VerCite can consume student in-line submissions and submission files in any file format (e.g. pptx,
html, docx, pdf, txt, rtf, ppt, doc, odf, etc.). It converts the student submission into plain text and
excludes any quoted material from matching. The rest of the text is then compared for exact
matches with existing source material. VeriCite uses string matching methods, along with a series of
algorithms and scoring processes, to identify matching texts. A final report is presented to the user
highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as
well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.
VeriCite reports are created on demand every single time you click to view the report. This means
that there is no waiting for the report; all reports are delivered instantly. Reports are also non-static. If
a student submits a paper and gets a plagiarized score of 0, and then another student in another
class submits the same paper, then both reports and plagiarism scores will update to 100 to show
that they have plagiarized. This dynamic updating can help prevent cases where groups of students
or paper mills share the same paper.
All submitted papers are indexed in a completely encrypted form then stored securely in a repository
that is specific to each subscribing institution. Additionally, the institution maintains full ownership
and control of their repository materials.