Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Currikula?


Currikula is an online assignment platform that analyses an uploaded essay and makes recommendations for improvements in (1) your writing, (2) plagiarism, and (3) bibliography/reference list.

What features achieve this?


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.

Analytics and Feedback deeply analyse over 20 elements of each paragraph in the essay and provide comprehensive insight and feedback based on generally accepted writing practices.

How does a student use Currikula?


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?


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

Can Currikula really guarantee better grade?


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. 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?


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?


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?


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.


How do I sign up?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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.


What profile elements can I add?


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?


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?


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.


How do I create a new project?


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?


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?


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?


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

What happens when I upload my essay?


When you upload your essay we parse the text and analyse various components to provide feedback and analytics for display. If you run Smart Source we match your text with other sources found online for extra referencing possibilities with the intent to enhance your bibliography and reduce the chance of unintended plagiarism.

Do you sell my essay?


No, we do not sell your essay. We store your essay so you can access it at any time. We do not send or sell it to any third parties. We keep it securely for you and you own the rights to your essay. Currikula is not in the business of using your data for the academic benefit of others.

Do you post my essay on third party websites such as essay mills?


No, we do not share any of your original or processed text to any third party unless required by law. Your information is kept solely within Currikula. We do not sell, transfer, or post your essay on any third party site, such as essay mills banks. Currikula is not in the business of using your data for the academic benefit of anyone else but you. You can read more about our thoughts on essay mills and essay banks here.

What can I download from Currikula?


Currently you can download your finished bibliography, which will have extra references from Smart Source. You can then insert this at the end of your essay. Smart Source does not modify your original essay, so there is nothing to download at the moment. Future features designed to improve your essay may make direct changes in the platform, and we will notify you if that is the case.

Smart Source

What is Smart Source exactly?


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?


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.

Does Smart Source provide in-text referencing?


Not at the moment. Currently Smart Source does not edit your Essay by any means. It sends your added citations into the Bibliography Builder, which you can download once it is finished. If you required these sources to be referenced in-text, you can do this in your original essay and insert the downloaded bibliography at the end. We are working on improving Smart Source so that added citations can be automatically added in-text, and you can download the consolidated essay with the bibliography.

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


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


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


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:

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?


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.

Why am I not taken straight to Smart Source like I was previously?


Many students do not require referencing assistance until the very end of their essay. Editing the content, style, and general writing of your essay likely to be done before referencing, so Currikula now lets you switch between all features without influencing your writing process.

Bibliography Builder

What is Bibliography Builder exactly?


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 Builder?

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?


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.

My Bibliography is not ranked in alphabetical order.


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.

Project Overview

What is Project Overview?


Project Overview is the first screen you’ll see after creating your project. It displays some important information such as title, subject, and referencing style. After you upload your project themes and a summary will also show. You can also set a due date and track your progress.

Do I have to upload my essay?


While it is not 100% necessary to upload your essay, we highly recommend you do to make the most of Currikula. If you choose not to, all you can do is create your bibliography using Bibliography Builder.

What are Themes?


Using word lists we calculate the top three themes of your essay by subject area. Themes could be History, Politics, Law, Philosophy, or another academic category.

Please don't be alarmed if your themes do not directly align with the subject or topic you are writing about, there is often significant overlap.

What is the Summary?


Using our algorithm we take a few sentences from your essay to generate a summary of your text.

Assignment Analytics

What is Project Analytics?


Project analytics runs various algorithms and statistical anlaysis on your essay to give a deeper insight into your project as a whole. See below for specifics on each section

What are Statistics?


Statistics include an easy display of useful information. Included is word count, sentence count, paragraph count, reading time, amount of words in quotations, average sentence length, longest sentence, and shortest sentence. If anything looks off, such as your longest sentence is 100 words, this area can spot the anomaly. It also gives you a nice easy breakdown of your hard work.

What is Readability?


Readability determines how easy your writing is to read. Various indexes have been developed over the years by various scholars. There is technically no best reading score, so we list several as well as our own (cough, could possibly be regarded as the best). The general concept is your writing should not be too complicated, otherwise it may be difficult to understand and it is less likely you are getting your point across.

The scores we use are the Flesch Reading Index, Flesch Kincaid, Coleman Liau, Gunning Fog, and the Automated Index. More information on readability can be found here.

What is For or Against?


This analysis determines if your essay and paragraphs are ‘For’ the topic or ‘Against’ the topic. Currikula uses positive and negative words to determine the analysis, so depending on how relevant your paragraph is to your topic, more or less accurate the analysis can be.

What is Word Frequency?


Word frequency finds the most used words in your essay. Almost always, ‘the’ is the most used word. That is why we also provide a filtered graph that shows only more ‘unique’ words (ones that are 5 characters and over).

What is Tone?


Tone is the analysis of how strong or weak your words are. Your writing tone can either be strong, weak, or neutral. The more neutral your work is generally the better it is for academics.

What are Keywords?


We use a word cloud to show keywords and phrases, determined by an unbiased algorithm, in your essay. It could contain words that are very prominent or phrases that are used often. This helpful if you want to determine unbiasedly what are the keywords and phrases of your essay.

What are Extracted Quotes?


Extracted quotations are all words and sentences found within quotation marks isolated from your essay. They could be direct quotations from a source or simply emphasis quotes (emphasising a word). Next to each quotation there is a corresponding in-text reference, allowing you to see whether your quotes are correctly cited (if you didn't reference the quote then there won't be one!).

What is the Reference List?


Your extracted reference list tries to find all sources listed in your bibliography (if your essay contains one). If your essay does not have a bibliography yet, no problem. You can start creating one in Bibliography Builder.

What are the In-Text References


We’ve tried to extract all in-text references (depending on the referencing style you are using) found in your essay, so you can match with your bibliography to see if any are missing.

What is Other Data?


Data that does not comprise a ‘core component’ of your essay. This includes URL’s, phone numbers, student numbers, emails, etc.


What is feedback?


Essay Feedback uses algorithms and NLP to analyse each paragraph of your essay and suggest improvements.

Who can access feedback?


The first three paragraphs of feedback are available to everyone, with feedback on all paragraphs only available to pro accounts and users who have upgraded their papers.

See pricing for more details on our pricing for pro accounts.

Why can I only see feedback on the first three paragraphs of my essay?


In other to see feedback on all your paragraphs you must either upgrade your account to pro or upgrade the individual paper you want to see feedback on. View our pricing page or your account dashboard for more details.

I have unlocked feedback, what do I do?


You can access feedback through several ways. The first is in your Project Dashboard; click on the project and select ‘essay feedback’. The second method is in Project Overview; click on ‘feedback unlocked’ at the bottom right of your overview. The third is by clicking ‘feedback’ in the top right menu bar when inside any project window.

How do I use feedback?


The first section of feedback shows ‘advanced insights’, displaying each paragraph scores for complexity, analytical, comparative, and abstract in a bar graph.

Your essay is broken down into each paragraph, with specific analysis and feedback given for each. By default, feedback is collapsed. Click on ‘show analysis and feedback’ on each paragraph as you scroll down your essay.

If a paragraph is under 50 words it is too short for Currikula to give proper analysis and feedback, so feedback will not show.

What feedback is shown?

Advanced Insights

Advanced Insights compares the levels of complex, analytical, comparative, and abstract words for each paragraph by allocating a score to each category. The individual paragraph feedback section will identify if that paragraph has too high of a level of one of those elements. The Advanced Insights graphs compare each paragraphs level, allowing you to compare each paragraph side by side.

Individual Feedback

After clicking on ‘show analysis and feedback’ the section will expand, showing an overview of analysis on the paragraph and specific feedback points. Elements include tone, argument analysis (for or against), praise vs condemning, complexity score, analysis score, comparative score, and abstraction score.

Individual improvements suggestions are then made about the paragraph below the analysis. For a complete list of improvements you can check out our feedback page. Scroll down to find all the tool tips.

I am seeing lots of messages ‘Unfortunately this paragraph is too short for feedback’


If your essay has many short paragraphs or separate lines which are treated as paragraphs, Currikula will think they are too short paragraphs and cannot provide adequate feedback on those lines.


What part of Currikula is free?


The following features are free for Currikula:

1. Project Management 2. Analytics 3. A 'lite' version of Smart Source 4. Bibliography Builder 5. Advanced Insights and Feedback on the first three paragraphs

What part of Currikula is available to pro users or upgraded papers?


The following features require a pro account or one time upgraded paper:

1. Individual Essay Feedback 2. Full Smart Source 3. No advertisements (Pro account only)

How can I purchase pro features?


There are two ways you can access the pro features for your essay: upgrading to a pro account or upgrading your paper one time.

Purchasing a pro account involves buying a quarterly or annual subscription to upgrade your whole account. All essay uploads from the time of upgrading will be premium and all features unlocked.

If you are on a free account and would like to access advanced features for one particular essay you can pay a one-time fee to unlock the feedback for that essay. At this time we are not accepting re-uploads of the same project.

What is your refund policy?


Currikula will look at refunds on a case by case basis at the moment.

Please contact if you have a billing issue.