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View or grade VeriCite reports as an instructor

The UW has transitioned to SimCheck as its new plagiarism-detection tool. VeriCite is not available for new assignments, but you may still access VeriCite reports.

  1. In your Canvas course navigation, click Assignments.
  2. Click on the assignment you want to view or grade.
    click on assignment
  3. Click the button to load the assignment in a new window.
    load assignment in new window
  4. Click on the row for the report you would like to view.
    click the row of the assignment
  5. The report progress indicator will appear.
    report progress indicator

Each time a user views a report, the report is dynamically generated. The loading progress indicator informs the user of the repositories being scanned and visually indicates how the report is being compiled. If you see a “Pending external search engine” indicator, this means that the search results have not yet returned and you will need to view the report again later to see all of the results. Typically, this only happens the first time a report is viewed.

Navigating through the report

View details: If you click on the Details drop-down menu at the top of the screen, you will see the the user, submission date, assignment, context (i.e. site or course where the paper was submitted), and the matched score. Also, if your instructor has assigned a grade or entered comments on your report, that information would display here as well.

Highlight legend: The report displays matching text highlighted in the colors noted in the legend at the bottom of the report. You can click on any of the match level boxes to view the highlighted sentences for that level only. Clicking again on the same highlight level toggles the display back to the full report.

Page or scroll down in the student submission: You may page down or up in the student submission using the arrows in the top left of the screen. You may also use the scroll bar to move up or down in the student submission report.

Top matches: Click the Top Matches drop-down menu to view a list of the top matching sources. Note: Any top matches with other student papers will appear in the Top Match list as “Student Submission” rather than any identifying information about the matching student report.

Top match source comparison: Click on any of the individual top matches buttons to view a source comparison for that source.

Source comparison view:  The selected source will be listed at the top of the screen, and the source text will appear in-line with the student submission, just below the matching student text and within another window on the page.

Scroll to view additional source information. You can scroll up and down in the source frame to view or select a different highlighted section, view additional text in the matching source, and see where the matching text is located in the original document. You can also use the up and down arrows to jump to other parts of the source text and see where additional matching text is located in the original document.

Click on on a matching sentence from the source, and it will jump to the location of the text in the student submission.

Link to a source web page.  If the matching source is from a web site, you can click on the title of the source to open the web page in a new tab/window. Note: Web page sources have a globe icon to the right of the title to indicate that they are Internet matches, as well as a small page icon to the right of the title to indicate that they are linked.

Return to the overall report.  Click the arrow icon next to the title of the top match source to close the source inspector and return to the original report screen.

Click highlighted text in the student submission to view the matching source information for that sentence.

The source detail will appear in-line below the selected sentence.

Viewing multiple matching sources.  If there is more than one matching source for a particular sentence, you will see an indication of the number of matches, and you may click on the arrow icon to view the next matching source.

Student paper matches

If some of the text from your submission matches text from another student’s submission, you will see an indication of the student match or matches below the selected sentence. However, you will not be able to see student names or report details for the matching student paper/s.

Click the X in the right corner of the source view to return to the overall report.

If the student submission matches another student paper, you can view the matching paper information including the paper id, date submitted, institution, paper title, user id, user name, user email, site id, site title and assignment title of the source paper. Click on the down arrow for the matching student paper and then select Details to view the paper details.

Matching student papers within your institution

For papers within your institution, if some of the text from one student submission matches text from a different student’s submission, you may click on the source to see the matching text from the student submission in the source comparison detail.

Ignoring a matching source

If you would like to exclude any of the matching sources from the report:

  1. Click on the down arrow for the source and select Ignore.
  2. You will be prompted to confirm this action. Click OK to continue. This will remove that source from consideration and recalculate the plagiarism score for the report.

Re-including an ignored source

To re-include a paper, select Top Matches, and then click Re-Include Paper.

To select the item you would like to re-include, click Include.

When you select to re-include papers, you will see a list of any ignored items. Notice that the title of the item, as well as the type of match (e.g. Internet or Student) is also shown. If one of the matches is a student match, the name of the student and the site (if applicable) will also be shown.

Annotating student submissions

  1. Highlight the section of the submission text that you would like to annotate, and then click the Edit icon that appears.
  2. Enter your comments and click Save.
  3. Enter your comments or annotations into the text box provided. Then click Save to save the comment. Note: Annotated sections of text will appear highlighted in blue in the report.
  4. Optional. Click store comment and Save.
  5. If you would like to store your comment for later use, you may check the store comment box and enter a title for the annotation. Then, click Save to store the comment as well as save it within the report.

Optional Actions

Select stored comments

To use a stored comment, click on select stored comment and choose from the list of available annotations. Note: Clicking on the red X next to a stored comment will delete that comment from your list of stored items.

Click exclude selected text from report and Save.

To ignore the highlighted text, check the box next to exclude selected text from report and then click Save. Note: Excluded sections of text will appear highlighted in gray in the report after saving.

Editing existing comments

To edit an existing comment, mouse over the section of highlighted text and click on the Edit pencil icon in the comment text bubble.

Delete comments

To delete an existing comment, mouse over the highlighted text and then click the Delete X icon in the comment text bubble. Note: Take care when deleting comments. Deleted comments are completed removed from the report.

Print or save the report

To print or save the report to your computer, click the print icon to the left of the paper title within the report.

The report will display in a printer-friendly format which can either be printed or saved as PDF.

To save the original paper submission to your computer, click the save icon to the left of the print icon within the report. Note: The icon for saving the original file will only display if you uploaded a file. If you used the copy and paste method of entering your text submission, this icon will not display.

Enter a grade and/or comments

To enter a grade, go to the Details tab at the top and then click on the “…” ellipses next to Assignment Grade or in the Comments text box to enter a grade and/or comments for the student submission, then hit the Enter key on your keyboard or click outside of the entry field to save your change. Any grades entered here will automatically be sent to the Canvas gradebook and can be accessed via the Grades tool.

View additional student reports.

If there are multiple reports available for that student, you may click on the Next or Previous buttons to go directly to the next or previous report for that student. (If there are no other reports for that student, then the Next and Previous buttons do not appear.)

Navigate in VeriCite using the keyboard. If you prefer to navigate through VeriCite reports using the keyboard, please refer to the list below for keyboard shortcuts and their functions.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

tab: Use tab to step through the user interface.

h: Use h to jump to the header of the page. This is normally the navigation section.

b: Use b to jump to the body of the page. This is the main section, for instance the report or the list of items.

f: Use f to jump to the footer of the page. This is normally the last action elements on the page and may not always be available.

n: Use n to jump to the next button. This can be for list pagers or next report, for example.

p: Use p to jump to the previous button. This can be for list pagers or previous report, for example.

shift + n: Use shift + n to jump to the next match button for the main report.

shift + p: Use shift + p to jump to the previous match button for the main report.

alt + n: Use alt + n to jump to the next match button in the matched paper section.

alt + p: Use alt + p to jump to the previous match button in the matched paper section.

m: Use m to jump to the matched paper section in the report page.