What is Unicheck?

Students in most Business graduate, IT graduate, and IT undergraduate programs will be transitioning to the integrated process for submission of performance assessments. During the transition, students may be submitting performance assessments in Taskstream or in their course.

To identify if you are part of the integrated submission process access your Course via the Student Portal and navigate to the assessment specific information.


If you see a Taskstream Button similar to the screenshot below, please click here for additional information on submitting a performance assessment through your course.








If you see something similar to the screenshot below, please review the information on Unicheck Originality Reports that follows. 






For questions regarding the access to performance assessments, please contact the Assessment Services team.


What is Unicheck? 

Unicheck is an internet-based plagiarism-prevention service that checks a paper’s originality. When a paper is uploaded to Unicheck, it is compared against all the material already stored in the Unicheck library database and a live internet search is done. This library database includes current archived internet data, periodicals, journals, publications, and previously submitted student papers. If there is text in the new submission that matches something already in the library database, or the internet search, then the matching text will be highlighted in a Unicheck Originality Report. The Originality Report indicates by percentages how similar the submission is to other work in the database and/or on the internet. Unicheck does not detect or determine plagiarism; it just detects matching text and provides a report for review.


1. To review an originality report prior to submitting your work to Unicheck, follow the steps below after uploading your file(s).

2. Without clicking the “SUBMIT” button, a short time after uploading your file, you will see a link “View Report” next to the file.1-3.png


3. Click on the “View Report” link. You will see the Unicheck “Originality Report” populate. Note the legend on the right-hand side. The top cream color represents all similarity. Similarity to a chosen source will allow you to view the high individual match. On the other features, the blue indicates citations, the purple references.



4. After scrolling down more match detail is shown. The green indicates the amount of original work, the red the amount of matches within the submission (the overall match). 1-5.png


5. The highest individual match is either the top internet source or top library source. In this case it is the top internet source.



6. To learn more about a match click a part of the highlighted text, and scroll down to see the extent of the match.
7. Click the link icon to view the original source in a new window.
8. You can also click the next match on the list to learn more about different matches.


WGU allows no more than 30% of a submission to be quoted or closely paraphrased from sources and no more than 10% from any individual source.


Note: The source listed on the right side of the screen may not be the source actually used in writing the paper. It may be a secondary source, which also matches the source used by the writer.


9. Evaluate the report:

  • Does the paper match work previously submitted to Unicheck?
  • Is the highlighted section cited appropriately? 
  • Is the paper paraphrased correctly? 
  • Is the majority of the text original writing (not quoted or paraphrased)? 
  • Is the match to the given information in the task directions?
  • Is the match to the references?  

A high percentage does not necessarily mean a plagiarized paper. Remember that in most cases WGU only allows a 30% overall similarity index with no more than 10% from any individual source, even if cited correctly.

Note: When an assessment is submitted through your course in the COS, it is uploaded to the Unicheck library database, and in most cases an Originality Report is generated, regardless of whether you requested one previously.



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