SimCheck logoPlagiarism Detection at Western

Western offers a plagiarism detection tool as part of Canvas, our learning management system, to provide faculty and students with an optional tool for formative feedback and originality checking services. 

The previously adopted plagiarism tool, VeriCite, has been deprecated/sunsetted by the vendor and will no longer be supported starting fall 2020.  The new, similarly featured, application offered by the vendor is SimCheck. 

Canvas assignments previously using VeriCite will need to be updated in order to use SimCheck beginning fall 2020.  For details, see How to Create a SimCheck-enabled Assignment in Canvas 

What is SimCheck?  

SimCheck is a plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text. It automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of online sources including a Western repository.  

How are submissions used? 

All submitted papers are indexed in an encrypted form, then stored securely in a repository that is specific to Western. The University maintains full ownership and control of repository materials. This repository is populated with several years' worth of submissions, including those submitted using our previous plagiarism detection tools. 

How is SimCheck integrated with Canvas? 

SimCheck's integration with Canvas works within the Assignments tool. For details, see How to Create a SimCheck-enabled Assignment in Canvas.

Adding SimCheck assignments to Canvas



Additional SimCheck reference information can be found at Vericite to SimCheck FAQ 

Additional Resources 

The tools, licenses, and services for providing plagiarism tools come under review periodically to ensure they continue meeting the needs of the Western community. ATUS recognizes there are strengths and limitations in any tool and recommends the following resources: 

Please email if you have any questions or concerns.