VeriCite is a plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text and is integrated in Canvas. VeriCite automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of online sources.

VeriCite converts the student submission into plain text and excludes any quoted material from matching. The rest of the text is then compared for exact matches with existing source material. VeriCite uses string matching methods, along with a series of algorithms and scoring processes, to identify matching texts. VeriCite compares the content in the submitted paper to two repositories – a repository of student submissions that is private to the university and a repository of publicly accessible, academically-oriented Internet resources. A final report is presented to the user highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.

A final report is presented to the user highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.

On the left course navigation menu click Assignments

At the top of the Assignments page click “+ Assignment”

Assignment Name and Text: Type in a name for the assignment -- for student clarity identify, in either the name or text area, that this assignment is a VeriCite submission (example: VeriCite Submission Assignment; This assignment will be submitted through VeriCite and will produce an originality report).
Type in the point value and select Assignment Group (e.g., if you are applying a weighting for these types of assignments).

Under Submission type, select Online, for online submission types check File Uploads, and then place a check in the "Enable VeriCite Submissions"

Advanced Vericite Options. Selecting Advanced VeriCite Settings displays options for you to select whether:

  • Students can see the originality report: Immediately (when generated), after assignment is graded, after the Due Date, or Never
  • Exclude Quoted Material: VericCite will not include quoted text for matching.
  • Excluded Self Plagiarism: Allows multiple submissions by the same student of the same paper in the same course not to be flagged as being plagiarized. 
  • Store submission in Institutional Index. Default option is that when a student submits a paper, a copy goes into university’s VeriCite index/repository and is compared to other VeriCite submissions at the university level. If you setting up a  VeriCite assignment to be a draft, uncheck “Store submissions in institutional index”.
  • Click Update Settings, select a Due Date, and then click Save and Publish if you want assignment available to students. The assignment and the grade book entry will be created.

Can access report from either the Gradebook or Assignments


  • Go to Grades
  • Hover the cursor over the assignment column name to display the down arrow. Select SpeedGrader


  • From course navigation select Assignments
  • Select (click) the assignment name
  • When assignment opens, click on SpeedGrader (located on the right-hand side) to open

View in SpeedGrader:

  • The student’s submission will open in SpeedGrader. On the right panel you will information regarding the submission
  • Submitted date and submitted files
  • Click on the % shown to the left of the submission (this is the % reported) to open the Vericite report
  • When the report opens you can review or select print out the report and/or download submission

Grading Vericite Assignment

Student Submission of VeriCite Assignment

How students view the report generated for the VeriCite assignment
(this link is located on Canvas for Students eHelp website)

Student paper matches are sources where the student submission for the assignment matches another student paper in your institutional repository. By default, the instructor of the course in which the paper was submitted has access to all of the user and submission details, but other instructors at the institution see only that there is a match and the paper ID of the matching student submission.

Internet matches are matching sources found on publicly available web pages. You may view the side-by-side text comparison for internet matches, or link to the source page in a new window to view the original source.

Student paper matches are indicated by the Student icon.
Internet matches are indicated by the Internet icon.


Click on the source to view the side-by-side comparison.
Matching text from the student assignment submission on the left side of the screen and the internet match or (if you have permission to view the matching text) the student paper match on the right side of the screen will be highlighted for comparison.


Occasionally, internet matches will be unavailable for retrieval if the page has been modified or deleted.
If the internet source has changed or can no longer be located, you will see a message indicating when the matching source was last available, as well as the web address for the page.


Set up a VeriCite Assignment for Direct Submission of a student’s paper

On the left course navigation menu click Assignments, click“+ Assignment

  • Type in a name for the assignment, in the dialog box add notation such as “this is a direct submit assignment that the instructor to manually submit a student's paper to VeriCite”
  • Type in the points, you can select Assignment Group (e.g., if you are applying a weighting for these types of assignments)
  • UnderSubmission Type, click the down arrow and select “External Tool
  • ClickFind to scroll and select VeriCite
  • Select Save (do not select Save and Publish)

Submit the Student’s Paper

    • Select the assignment that you created, on the top right-hand side select Submit
    • Under “Select User”, click the down arrow and select user name
  • Drag/drop the file or select File Upload
  • Click Submit Paper

View the generated report by selecting View Report