Ephorus is used to prevent and detect plagiarism. Students are less likely to commit plagiarism if they know that their work will be checked by a plagiarism detection tool, and if they do, Ephorus will let you know.
You can upload documents to be checked for similarities against internet sources and other student papers uploaded by students or instructors via Blackboard or the Ephorus web application. The results of the check are returned to you in the Ephorus report, a concise display of the similarities between a submitted document and found sources.

Ephorus searches in:

  • sources publicly available on the Internet
  • the UT Ephorus database:
  • documents submitted by students for Ephorus assignments in the UT Blackboard environment;documents uploaded for plagiarism detection by instructors in Blackboard or the Ephorus website
  • scientific publications (including journals) from publishers Elsevier, Springer and Oxford University Press.

It's also possible to upload documents (in a zipfile) that you don't want to check for plagiarism but that you want to add to the database as reference materials.

How to use

Ephorus can be used within Blackboard as well as outside of Blackboard. Within a Blackboard course (or organisation) there are two ways of using the tool:

  1. An instructor can have students submit documents via an 'Ephorus assignments' (individual or group assignment) that are then checked automatically for plagiarism, resulting in a plagiarism report in the course.
  2. 2. An instructor can also upload documents himself (under Control panel > Course tools > Ephorus assignment > My documents). Zipfiles can also be uploaded.

Outside of Blackboard: you can upload documents on the Ephorus website for plagiarism detection. This requires a personal acount that you can request at the contact persons listed below.


For more information on Ephorus, contact:

Ellen Peters ( excluding ITC)
Marga Koelen ( (ITC-employees)