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The Reasons Behind Plagiarizing: A Deeper Look

The Reasons Behind Plagiarizing: A Deeper Look

Plagiarism these days is an ever growing problem. According to Unicheck statistics, nearly 58% of students admitted to plagiarizing just in the last year. From simple copy-pasting to using essay mills, – the possibilities are endless. Because of that, more and more institutions are actively seeking effective solutions to the problem. But before looking for an answer, we must take a better look at the question, and try to understand the reasoning behind cheating and ways educators can empower their students and promote better writing practices.

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Welcome to one of the biggest EdTech conferences: 2019 TCEA Convention & Exposition

TCEA Convention & Exposition presents innovative strategies and best practices for integrating technology into schools, classrooms and libraries. Thousands of educators gather in Texas to discuss what knowledge and resources they need to engage students and increase productivity.

Unicheck is among the hundreds of exhibitors to showcase access to the latest edtech resources and new opportunities for networking.

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Unicheck Announces Release of New Online Similarity Report

We continue to make Unicheck experience more pleasant and user-friendly, and this time we have modified online similarity and PDF reports according to students and educators’ suggestions. 

Advanced Online Similarity Report Made More Flexible

The new online similarity report comes with a bunch of handy features and modifications that help to easily investigate matches and interpret search results:

  • View panel
    Using tabs “Matches”, “Quotes”, “Exclusions” you can easily find the source or quote, exclude a group of sources, view the details, etc.
  • Minimap
    A color-coded miniature map helps you analyze and navigate the document fast. Every line is clickable and corresponds to a page in the document. Hover over any page (i.e. line) to see more details.
  • Matches tab
    All found sources are displayed in this tab. Similar sources are grouped together. You can view the details of each source and exclude one or a whole group of sources.
  • Quotes tab
    All found quotes are displayed in this tab. Click on the quote to see it in the report and exclude individual quotes if needed.
  • Exclusions tab
    All excluded sources are located in this tab. Individual sources can be added to the “Matches” tab.
  • Comments
    In commenting mode, you can select any area of the report and add a comment.
  • Settings
    Configure exclusion options after report is generated, download a report, zoom in or out, switch to plain text, view the tutorial or reach out for help.
  • Paper details
    View such information as student name, ID  or email address. Access full text of a matched paper, view submission date, check the date or the assignment name all the details about the matched paper.
  • Side by side comparison (to be added soon)
    ‘Side by side comparison’ mode is activated in a single click and allows for fast comparison of  a student’s submission against a matched source.

Improved PDF Report

Along with modified online similarity report, we released an updated version of PDF report which is now more intuitive and easier to use.

First block of the report includes information about a submission such as: submission author, check id, check date, check type, report date, file name, file id, page count, word count, character count, file size.

The text of submitted document retains  the original formatting. Unicheck simply highlights unoriginal text, citations, references, character replacement and provides the list of found sources all of them are placed in the page footer.

Matches, Quotes and Exclusions tabs work the same way as they do in online similarity report. We make sure that PDF report always duplicates the current state of the online report. Even if a source is excluded and percentage of matches  has changed, the report has always up-to-date information when you download it. The PDF version also displays annotations if such are added in the nonline report.

Advanced Security Check and Warnings About Unsafe Links or Links with Explicit Content


We aim to provide our users with the safest Unicheck experience possible and, therefore, make sure we warn you about potentially harmful links or adult content.

Every source in the report is checked against numerous databases for safety. We use “Google Safe Browsing” database which is automatically updated every 30 minutes and a number of other relevant databases, which help guarantee safe browsing). So, each similarity report is absolutely free of malware and phishing.

If the similarity was found on a web page that contains adult or malicious content, Unicheck will report this source with a warning notification:

For malicious websites an “Unsafe Link” badge + warning;
For adult content websites an “Explicit Content” badge + additional alert.

Advanced Link Actualisation

Unicheck thoroughly inspects all links before displaying them in the final report. Each link in the report contains only relevant up-to-date content. You won’t see any broken links (404 error), since every reported source is checked to actually contain claimed similarity. Thus, it’s always safe and easy to look through the actual sources that were used for plagiarism in an assignment.

To learn more about Unicheck online similarity report and PDF report, take a look at our manual. It will guide you through all the details and help to easily read the report.

We, at Unicheck team, strive to meet our students and educators’ expectations and, therefore, cooperate with them to make the best product on the market. We are always open to hearing your suggestions and bringing them to life ❤️

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Unicheck was nominated by Tech&Learning Awards of Excellence

Great news, everyone!

We are proud to land among finalists of 2018 Tech&Learning Awards of Excellence!

This award is traditionally given to products that are improving the way educators work and students learn.

Renown editors and advisors selected 10 finalists in each category — Best use of a product in a classroom, in a school, and in a district. The three grand prize winners will be announced during a reception celebrating finalists and winners during the TCEA Convention & Exposition in February in San Antonio, Texas.

This year Unicheck was nominated to be the best product to use in school due to its flexible pricing model, intuitive interface and detailed similarity reports.

So, we keep on working and look forward to a positive result!

how to choose a plagiarism checker

Main tips for choosing a suitable plagiarism checker at our upcoming webinar

How to choose a great plagiarism checker?

This question worries masses of people in the edu community. That’s why we felt it was the right time to answer it fully and comprehensively on our common Unicheck+Canvas webinar.

We`ll talk in detail over three major factors of choice: the product, the service, and, of course, the price. Moreover, we will help you define your personal choice factors if needed. Spoiler: we advise making a list of must-have features.

In other words, you have an opportunity to learn directly from an expert who knows this topic well.


Here you can find the detailed event agenda. In brief, we`ll cover aspects like:

– How to know that the product is good?

– What features are the most suitable for your unique needs?

– Integration with Canvas — LTI or Canvas Plagiarism Framework?

Become an early bird and make sure to join our webinar on November 28!