Frequently Asked Questions

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General

What is Currikula?

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Currikula is an online assignment platform that analyses an uploaded essay and makes recommendations for improvements in (1) references, (2) bibliography, and (3) general writing style components (coming soon).

What features achieve this?

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Smart Source makes reference suggestions by matching text found in the uploaded essay with matching sources online, suggesting them as references and allowing you to add them to the bibliography.

Bibliography Manager formats the added references from Smart Source into a compiled bibliography, with the ability to manually add additional references (very likely) and complete a full bibliography.

InnerText (coming soon) deeply analyses over 20 elements of each paragraph in the essay and provides comprehensive insight and feedback based on generally accepted writing practices.

How does a student use Currikula?

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A student must first create an account with their email address. Afterwards they create a new project and upload their essay using Word Document or Plain Text format. Currikula will process the essay and direct the user to Smart Source, where reference suggestions will be displayed.

At what point of an assignment is it best to use Currikula?

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It is best to use Currikula closer to the end of your essay completion. Currikula is very useful as a final reference check, bibliography manager, and proofreading tool (coming soon) which is usually left until the final draft.

Can Currikula really guarantee better grade?

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We can never guarantee that your grade will be better after using Currikula. However, the system focuses on improving important essay elements that are widely regarded as reasons for better grades, such as reducing plagiarism (serious academic offence) and improving writing style (coming soon).

Can Currikula totally prevent plagiarism?

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No. No online system can 100% prevent plagiarism, just like a plagiarism (similarity) detector cannot 100% catch or circumvent plagiarism. Your institution will often ask you to submit your essay through a similarity checker (think Turnitin) to highlight similarities in your essay found in other sources but the final decision is always up to the academic grading your paper. Many times a similarity checker will highlight a suspected piece of text and the marker will choose to ignore because it was referenced correctly. Currikula’s Smart Source feature increases your reference count and, therefore, reduces the chance there is suspicious text in your essay that is unreferenced (plagiarism).

Does Currikula provide spellcheck and grammar checking as part of its product?

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Currently Currikula does not provide spellcheck or grammar check in InnerText. There are many available solutions for grammar and spelling and our efforts are focused on more in-depth analysis.

If an employee of grammarly happens to read this and wants to talk about possible collaboration opportunities then we'd be happy to talk. Email us!

How is Currikula different than other plagiarism detectors or reference managers?

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Plagiarism detection is nothing new, we know that. However, most current plagiarism detectors help identify pieces of text that has similarities found on the web (or other sources) and stop there. The responsibility and work is then up to the student to proceed and they are often left confused what to do. On the other hand, Currikula (1) identifies the piece of text with found similarities, (2) identifies the source it came from, and (3) allows the student to automatically add it to their bibliography, which is automatically sorted to their desired format.

Account

How do I sign up?

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Signing up to Currikula is simple. All you need to do is enter your email address and a password to create your account.

Can I sign up with Facebook or other social media accounts?

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At this time Currikula does not support logging in with other social media accounts. We may implement this feature in the future.

Where can I log in?

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Once you have created your account, you can log in to Currikula using your email address and password from the homepage.

Where can I change my password and email address?

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You can change your password and email address under Account Settings found in the Account Dashboard which is accessed through the top right of the Currikula navigation menu.

How do I delete my account?

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To delete your account you need to navigate to the account settings found in the top right dropdown menu. From there there is a delete account button that will wipe your account.

Profile

What profile elements can I add?

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You can currently add your profile photo and university details. We strive to make your profile as simple as possible.

Where is the Account dashboard?

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The Account Dashboard is the first screen you visit after logging in. From here you can edit your profile, account settings, and edit/create new projects.

How do I complete my profile?

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Underneath your profile photo or placeholder is a little complete my profile link. After clicking that a pop-up will show and allow you to fill in other important information as well as upload an image. Everything you complete on your profile adds to the profile progress bar.

Projects

How do I create a new project?

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You can create a new project from your Account Dashboard. Simply click Create a New Project.

What fields do I have to input into my new project?

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You have to input the following:

1. University subject (such as Economics, Economics and Finance, etc.)

2. Essay title (such as ‘How has Adam Smith’s Theory shaped Economics’)

3. Theme (such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics etc.)

How do I edit a project?

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To edit a project click on it and a drop down bar will appear. From there you can select “Smart Source Result” - taking you to the Smart Source results if you haven’t finished going through them yet, “Bibliography Builder” - taking you to your list of resources.

How do I delete a project?

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In the same area as to edit the project, you can select the delete icon and remove the project.

Smart Source

What is Smart Source exactly?

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Smart Source is the name for our unique referencing software. It takes the essay you have uploaded, and finds similarities between text pieces from billions of web pages and text pieces in your essay. The similarities are then displayed next to your essay and their sources (the website url) which you can add to your bibliography.

How is that different than a plagiarism checker?

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Plagiarism checkers identify pieces of text in your essay with similarities found on the web, much like what Smart Source does, however, they do not do anything further. It is up to the student to choose whether they want to cite the suspicious text and then (1) find the source, (2) compile the information, (3) turn it into a citation/reference, and (4) compile it into their bibliography. With Smart Source you just have to choose whether you want to cite the text and click ADD. It is then added to your Bibliography Builder.

I have uploaded my essay but Smart Source is taking a very long time to process my results.

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Check to see how many words your essay is. Whilst we allow up to 5000 words per essay we recommend essays with 2000 words or less, which speeds up your results as well as minimises the chance of producing an error.

You should also check the formatting of your essay and its file extension. Currikula can currently support .docx and .doc files.

I have clicked ‘Add’ to Bibliography but not all elements of the source have been added, such as the author

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Smart Source finds sources from URL’s, and sometimes we cannot accurately find the author. In this case, you can view the URL and find the author, then add the author in Bibliography Builder by editing the reference.

I click a URL and it is no longer available online

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Please check the URL has no ellipses (…) or special characters preluding URL, such as an IP address. We try our best to make sure that all resources are accurate. If you still cannot find the particular source online then we do not recommend you cite it.

As always, if this is a persistent problem. Please contact us through the chat box at the bottom of every page. Or directly via our email: team@currikula.com

There are hundreds of potential sources found in Smart Source and I do not want to add them all. Can I scroll down to see the sources near the bottom?

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Currently you must take action on every source from top to bottom. We are working on improving the UI of Smart Source and hope to have results shortly.

Bibliography Builder

What is Bibliography Builder exactly?

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Bibliography Builder is the feature that compiles all of the references a student finds into one final bibliography/reference list. It uses sources accepted from Smart Source and added manually.

How do I use Bibliography Manager?

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Referencing with Smart Source

Bibliography Manager is intended to be used after Smart Source. This is because it formats and compiles all the sources that Smart Source finds. After you have added all your desired references in Smart Source, they will be correctly formatted and displayed in your Bibliography Manager.

Adding References Manually

You will usually have additional sources to add to your bibliography which did not come from Smart Source, such as text books, journals, and other websites. In your Bibliography Builder Currikula makes it easy to manually add common references, such as books, academic journals, and websites. Similar to other citation-machines, you can auto-cite a book by typing in one piece of information (such as the author or title) and Currikula will find the reference. Alternatively, you can add all the information and Currikula will compile the reference and add it to the bibliography.

You have a Bibliography Builder but my course requires a reference list instead. What should I do?

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A reference list (also referred to as Works Cited) includes only text that you directly reference in your text. A full Bibliography, on the other hand, includes all source used - directly referenced or not. Let's say you got inspiration from a website but do not directly quote it in your essay. This would appear in your Bibliography but not your reference list. In this instance, you would use Bibliography Builder the same way, but only include references that you directly reference in your essay.

I have entered a novel title and the book I want does not appear.

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How specific is the novel in question? A common book is much easier to find than a niche novel. In this case, we recommend manually adding the information and letting Bibliography Builder format the citation for you.

My Bibliography is not ranked in alphabetical order.

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Check to see what style your bibliography is. Some styles rank source types first (such as book before website). You should always double check your bibliography or reference list before submitting your essay to ensure correct formatting standards by your specific university or educational establishment.

Inner Text (Assignment Analytics & Essay Feedback)

What is Inner Text?

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InnerText is the technology that powers our unique essay insight and feedback feature that we have been developing.

What is Assignment Analytics?

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Assignment Analytics is a soon to be released feature of Currikula. We take your essay and break it down using different analysis techniques. We create a whole tonne of data on your essay and then display it visually for you to see and interpret.

What is Essay Feedback?

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Essay Feedback takes Assignment Analytics that one step further, we take that data we have gathered and then using some clever algorithms we provide feedback for you on your essay, essentially instantly.

We provide actionable feedback that allows you to make changes to improve your writing. And the best news? We'll constantly be working to improve the Essay Feedback and Assignment Analytics modules to make sure your work never stops improving.

When are they being released?

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They are currently going through the final stages of development. We are aiming for launch at the end of 2017 or at the very latest start of 2018.