Plagiarism / Ephorus

Ephorus is a useful online tool to help lecturers combat plagiarism. It allows lecturers to assess the authenticity of work submitted by students. Students who illegally try to pass off others’ work as their own are identified early on.

It is important to keep in mind that Ephorus only finds similarities, not plagiarism. Plagiarism also includes the illicit use of ideas and notions from other people's work, without stating the source used. The lecturer and/or the Board of Examiners are responsible for determining whether plagiarism is involved in students' work.

Ephorus compares the work submitted by students to texts on the internet and to texts already submitted by fellow students in a database. After the run, the programme creates a report showing the similarities it has found, thus allowing lecturers to identify what was copied and how big the similarities are.

Advantages of Ephorus
As many universities use Ephorus, the database is huge. A major advantage of Ephorus is that a database of products is developed. This allows lecturers to check whether any students have copied work by students from previous years. Ephorus is also easy to use and, in cases of suspected plagiarism, can save time for lecturers. In addition, students who copied part of their group report from other sourcs without stating the source can be identified more easily.

Ephorus in many different flavours
• Ephorus is integrated in submitting student work in HAN-DPF
• Ephorus is integrated in work submitted via Inleverapp (Only Dutch interface)
• Ephorus also has an independent Classic upload, in which the lecturer receives the report from individual work. Click here to upload

To upload a student document in Ephorus Classic, students need a submission code provided by their lecturer. Check carefully to see whether you have entered the code correctly. If you enter a submission code on the upload form and the box turns red, the submission code used is invalid. Contact your lecturer then.