SimCheck is the plagiarism detection software used at the University of Twente. It can be used from 17 October 2019, both in Canvas and as a stand alone application. It replaces Urkund and Ephorus. The supplier of SimCheck is the company Turnitin.

SimCheck compares the uploaded document to text in documents from the following locations:

  • The public Internet
  • Scientific publications via Crossref (a platform facilitating the direct links to scientific publications by use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)).
  • Publications from other sources
  • The UT database. This consists of documents that have previously been submitted to SimCheck, Ephorus, or Urkund (through Blackboard, Canvas or the Ephorus website).

Requirements for file type and size:

  • Supported file types included: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), WordPerfect, and plain text. Zip files can be checked in the stand alone version of SimCheck, not in Canvas.
    Note: Images within the supported file types can’t be checked for plagiarism.
  • A file can be up to 100 MB and must contain at least 20 words of text
  • The maximum paper length permitted is 400 pages.

Using SimCheck as a stand alone web application

If you want to use SimCheck as a stand alone web application, you can request a personal account. This is only allowed for UT employees. Phd students can only get a personal account for SimCheck if they need to perform plagiarism checks on work of students they supervise. If this is the case, your supervisor has to request an account for you.

For an account requests or help, please contact:

UT employees except for ITC

For ITC employees