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This page outlines just some of many frequently asked questions regarding plagiarism. For more information about how to avoid plagiarism, as well as best practices, visit some of our additional plagiarism resources.
When is it Plagiarism?
There are instances when something is clearly intentional plagiarism : buying, stealing, or borrowing a paper from someone else. This includes:
- C opying a blog post or stealing an article from online.
- Hiring someone to write your paper for you.
- Copying a large section of text from a source without making it clear it comes from somewhere else through quotation marks or proper citation.
- I ntentionally failing to cite someone else’s work, to claim that the ideas and words belong to you .
- It is possible to plagiarize from yourself . In academia, if you repurpose a paper from previous class or write one paper for two classes without the instructor’s permission this is plagiarism .
Writers may also unintentionally plagiarize. This usually happens for a few common reasons:
- The writer doesn’t fully understand the citation system they are using and ends up missing key elements of the source attribution.
- The writer thinks they are paraphrasing (restating a source’s point in their own words) and ends up accidentally directly quoting words or phrases without realizing; in this case there is usually some attribution to the source, but not the right kind (paraphrasing vs quoting).
- The writer misattributes a quote or idea to the wrong source; this is especially common in larger research projects where the writer is dealing with a lot of source material.
What could happen if I plagiarize?
Students who unintentionally plagiarize often (but not always) have a meeting with their teacher, who usually goes over the issue with the student and explains how to avoid it in the future. Many teachers understand that citation practices are complex and can be difficult for beginners to learn, and therefore treat one instance of accidental plagiarism as a learning opportunity.
However, this is not always the case. Program or department policy may force teachers to begin disciplinary proceedings about plagiarism immediately; you should always be aware that this issue is serious and not to be brushed off or ignored. The best defense against disciplinary proceedings is knowledge — fully understanding citation practices and employing them in your writing so that you don’t plagiarize is always going to be your best option. You can find our extensive citation resources here.
The corporate world and universit ie s in particular have very strict guidelines for those accused of plagiarism. It is important to familiarize yourself with your university policy, because the consequences can be serious, which includes:
- Automatic failure of the paper
- Automatic failure of the class
- A report to the Dean of Students
- Some universities make it their policy for it to appear on your Official Transcript, which are usually needed when applying for jobs or graduate school
- Some programs will dismiss you; for example, the English department at your university may tell you to apply to a different area of study
- The university may dismiss you completely
- In the corporate world, you may face litigation depending on who the victim is
- Your job may fire you in order to avoid the company being associated with a plagiarist
Some of these consequences may seem harsh or extreme, but they are meant to stop students from plagiarizing. This is a crime and it is also an ethical dilemma. You are in school to learn and produce original work; you are doing yourself a disservice by paying someone else to write your work or reuse an old paper.
If you find yourself in a situation when you are out of time to work on a research project, which is usually one of the common reasons why well-meaning students plagiarize, it is always better to have an open communication with your professor before you turn to plagiarism. Professors are there and want to help students, but they cannot help you if they do not know you need it.
When should I cite a source to avoid plagiarizing?
Always give credit where credit is due. If the words that you are including in your research belong to someone else, give credit.
Here is a brief list of what needs to be credited or documented :
- Words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, website, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium
- Information you gain through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing
- When you copy the exact words or a unique phrase
- When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials
- When you reuse or repost any digital media, including images, audio, video, or other media
There are certain things that do not need documentation or credit, including :
- Writing your own lived experiences, your own observations and insights, your own thoughts, and your own conclusions about a subject
- When you are writing up your own results obtained through lab or field experiments
- When you use your own artwork, digital photographs, video, audio, etc.
- When you are using "common knowledge," things like folklore, common sense observations, myths, urban legends, and historical events (but not historical documents)
- When you are using generally accepted facts (e.g., pollution is bad for the environment) including facts that are accepted within particular discourse communities (e.g., in the field of composition studies, "writing is a process" is a generally accepted fact).
What if I am accused of plagiarism, but I didn’t plagiarize?
It is important to keep notes and previous drafts of your paper, especially if you become a victim of theft yourself. This can happen in many different ways (a roommate copying your files, using a computer from a lab that still has someone else’s log in, etc).
There are some simple and easy tips to keep your intellectual property safe:
- You might have research_paper001.doc, research_paper002.doc, research_paper003.doc as you progress.
- Do the same thing for any online files you are working with. Having multiple draft versions may help prove that the work is yours (assuming you are being ethical in how you cite ideas in your work)
- Do not rely only on your hard drive, it can crash.
- Do not rely only on a USB drive, you can lose it.
- Do not rely only on cloud services, you might not be able to gain access for whatever reason.
- Many students typically use one or more of the methods above to secure their files, including emailing themselves or emailing a friend, with their permission.
- If you have to leave the computer lab for a bathroom break, lock or log out of your station
- This is possible in all sorts of programs, from Adobe Acrobat to Microsoft Word
- Just don’t forget your password
- If you have never tried this method before but would like to, use a different file for a test run to see how it works.
- If this is a habit you currently, you can make sure you have a Master Copy that you will eventually turn in, and open or create new documents and save them in the filing method mentioned above.
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10 Best Free Plagiarism Checkers in 2023 | Tested & Reviewed
Published on June 8, 2023 by Koen Driessen .
To find the best free plagiarism checker in 2023, we extensively tested and reviewed all popular tools to answer questions like, “How much plagiarism can they detect?” and “Are they actually free?”
Table of contents
Research methodology, general conclusions: free vs. paid checkers, 1. scribbr review, 2. quetext review, 3. duplichecker review, 4. small seo tools review, 5. pre post seo review, 6. grammarly review, 7. plagiarism detector review, 8. check-plagiarism.com review, 9. search engine reports review, 10. plagiarismchecker.co review, frequently asked questions about plagiarism checkers.
The plagiarism tools in this research are tested using 4 test documents , ranging from unedited to heavily edited.
Each test document consisted of plagiarized sections from 140 sources like Wikipedia articles, news articles, open-access journal articles, websites, theses and dissertations, and PDFs.
This setup allowed us to analyze:
- The reliability of plagiarism checker tools, even when texts are edited to varying degrees
- The depth and breadth of the tools’ content databases (whether they only covered websites or also journal articles)
Read more about the research methodology
We found that free tools were frequently misleading in their advertising and were lacking in many ways compared to paid ones. Our research led to these conclusions:
- Offers a limited free version
- Finds far more plagiarism than other tools
- Detects plagiarism even in edited texts
- Won’t store or sell your documents
- Money-back happiness guarantee, with live support available
- Self-Plagiarism Checker feature allows you to check for self-plagiarism
- You need to go premium to find out your precise similarity score and view the entire report
Scribbr offers a limited free version that’s perfect for checking if your paper contains potential plagiarism. To view the full report, you need to buy the premium version, which costs between $19.95 and $39.95 depending on the word count. There’s no word limit, so you can upload as big a document as you want.
Quality of matches
Scribbr’s checker, developed in partnership with Turnitin, heavily outperformed all free and paid tools in terms of the amount of plagiarism detected: 83% vs. an average of 42% across free tools.
It performed particularly well with source types relevant to students, such as journal articles and dissertations. Importantly, Scribbr was far more successful than other tools at detecting plagiarism in heavily edited texts, showing it has no trouble with paraphrasing plagiarism.
Scribbr could also consistently provide full matches instead of partial ones, matching the whole plagiarized passage to the correct source.
You see your results in a straightforward downloadable report. Different sources are highlighted in different colors, making it more readable.
The issues identified can be fixed with Scribbr’s Citation Generator , generating correctly formatted citations wherever they are needed.
In addition, Scribbr offers a Self-Plagiarism Checker . This unique tool allows users to upload their own unpublished documents in addition to the public database, to detect any possible self-plagiarism.
However, you can’t edit your text directly in the tool, and it’s not possible to re-check your document for free.
Scribbr will not store, sell, or share your uploaded documents. Data is automatically deleted after 30 days, or students can opt to manually delete their document after the check.
Live customer support is offered in multiple languages to assist users. A guide and other resources explaining plagiarism issues are easily accessible.
Scribbr also has a happiness guarantee: if you’re not satisfied with the tool for any reason, you can ask for a new check or a refund.
Check out Scribbr
- Built-in citation assistant helps to add missing citations
- Documents not stored in database
- Support options available (but no live support)
- Finds partial matches
- Not clear how the free trial works
- Monthly subscription of at least $8.25 after free trial
- Not effective for scholarly sources
- Doesn’t detect all plagiarism
Quetext offers a free trial of 500 words, after which users must pay for a premium plan.
Additionally, uploading files to Quetext is a Pro feature. If you don’t pay, you’ll have to copy-paste the text from your document instead.
The paid version costs at least $8.25 per month (more expensive plans are available), which allows you to check up to 100,000 words.
Quetext detects more plagiarism (49% on average) than any free tool, but it’s unable to match each source text fully to a single source. Different sentences are attributed to different sources.
While Quetext claims to check against academic sources, we found it didn’t perform well at identifying plagiarism from sources such as journal articles and student dissertations.
Quetext’s plagiarism report is relatively straightforward to understand and provides a useful overview. A precise percentage is shown, with similarities in the text highlighted.
However, different sources are not highlighted in different colors, making the report somewhat difficult to read. Instead, orange highlighting is used for partial matches, red for full matches.
There’s also a built-in citation assistant that can help you fix plagiarism by adding citations. Unfortunately, it’s not very robust. Citations generated this way may not be accurate, and you have to add a lot of information manually.
Quetext states that it doesn’t save your text to a database and that all text submitted remains private and encrypted.
Information about the service is available in the form of FAQs on the website, and it’s also possible to contact the company by submitting a request form.
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- Free (1,000 words per scan)
- Doesn’t save uploaded documents
- Relatively user-friendly reports
- Distracting ads for other services
- Low level of plagiarism detected
- Performs very poorly with edited text
- No color coding for different sources
DupliChecker’s service is free, though you can only upload 1,000 words at a time. If you go for one of their premium plans, you can go up to 25,000.
If you do want to upgrade, a large number of different premium plans are offered on the site, which can be somewhat confusing to navigate. The cheapest is $10 a month.
The level of plagiarism detected by DupliChecker was relatively low (44%).
While the tool was able to find some plagiarism, it was unable to find any full matches. Overall, it performed about as well as other checkers like Small SEO Tools.
DupliChecker’s website is unfortunately full of ads for their other services and for similar sites. A distracting animated “Make it unique” button appears in the report, advertising their rewriting tool.
In the online report, all plagiarized text is highlighted in one color, and it is difficult to figure out what source each source block is matched with.
The site claims not to save uploaded documents, and it deletes content after the check is complete to avoid data leakage. No live support is available, but there is a contact form on the website.
Check out DupliChecker
- Various options for document uploads
- Page is slow, somewhat confusing, and full of ads
- Scans individual sentences rather than full texts
Small SEO Tools is free to use, although you can only check 1,000 words at a time without paying.
You can run multiple checks if you need to scan more than that, although the site requires you to complete CAPTCHAs to upload multiple documents.
Small SEO Tools was unable to identify most plagiarism in our test documents, with an average of only 44%. Since it scans individual sentences separately, it was only ever able to produce partial matches.
Plagiarized text is highlighted (though all in one color), and you can click on it to be shown the source it was matched with.
The page is cluttered with a lot of ads that you can easily confuse with the buttons you need to press.
The report itself is relatively clear. While plagiarized text is highlighted in one color, the tool clearly links matched text with the source identified for it.
Small SEO Tools claims not to store your content after checking it. You don’t have to register to use the tool. Users can also contact a support email to request their personal data be erased.
Check out Small SEO Tools
- 1,000-word upload limit
- Color-coded highlighting
- Some full matches
- Citation assistant
- Live support option
- Detects a low proportion of plagiarism
- Report is hard to read
- Messy, ad-heavy page design
- Color coding doesn’t distinguish between different sources
It’s unclear whether Pre Post SEO is actually a free tool. While the website claims there’s a search query limit for visitors, the limit is not clearly specified and did not seem to apply when we tested our documents.
You can only scan up to 1,000 words per search and cannot see a complete list of matched sources (instead, you must check them manually). These limits are removed if you sign up for their premium plan, which costs $10 to $45 a month.
Pre Post SEO did find the occasional full match, but in most cases it was only able to find partial matches, like most free checkers. Overall, it performed about as well as tools like DupliChecker and Small SEO Tools.
The page where the checker is hosted is full of distracting and irrelevant ads, making the user experience frustrating.
A different color was used for verbatim plagiarism and paraphrasing plagiarism, but the tool’s judgment was often wrong. Other than that, the same color was used for different sources, which made the report hard to read.
Pre Post SEO states that it does not store or sell your documents. There is a live support option on the site and a form you can use to request support.
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- Language and citation assistant available
- Does not sell or share documents with third parties
- Finds a relatively low percentage of plagiarism
- Same colors used for different sources
Despite the way it’s advertised, Grammarly’s checker is not free. All you can do is see a screen that tells you there’s plagiarism in your text without giving you any details of where it is, how much of it there is, or what the sources are.
After this you’ll be directed to download the Grammarly app and subscribe to their premium service ($30 per month). There’s a limit of 100,000 characters (about 20,000 words) even after paying.
Grammarly was able to find more full matches than most free tools. However, it performed particularly poorly with academic sources and received a low percentage overall, scoring a total of 40%.
As a premium service, Grammarly has a clearer and more visually appealing style than most free checkers. The original formatting of the document remains mostly intact, but the tool uses the same color for all sources, making the results hard to parse.
The subscription also gets you a language and style tool and a citation assistant.
Grammarly does not store, sell, or share documents with third parties.
The site provides a support page with tips, tutorials, and FAQs, and you can submit a question via a form. Live support is not available.
Check out Grammarly
- Free to use (1,000-word limit)
- Does not store or sell your document
- Technical issues with long documents
- Difficult to match text with sources in the report
- Different sources highlighted in the same color
Plagiarism Detector is free to use and users do not need to register. However, there is a limit of 1,000 words per document. By paying, you can raise this limit to 25,000 words per document.
Plagiarism Detector’s performed about as well as other 100% free tools (40%).
The tool was mostly only able to find partial matches, attributing individual sentences to one or more sources.
Plagiarism Detector’s reports are somewhat difficult to read. The same colors are used for different sources, and hovering over a plagiarized section doesn’t show you the source. Instead, you need to find it in a separate list.
Plagiarism Detector states that it will not store or sell your documents. No live support is available, but there is a help request form.
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- Offers a citation generator
- Difficult to match text with sources in the downloadable report
- Scans sentence by sentence —rarely gets a full match
It’s unclear whether Check-plagiarism.com is actually free. The site describes the free upload limit in a confusing way, allowing you a certain number of “queries” (sentences) per month. However, these limits are not clearly specified and did not seem to apply when we tested our documents.
Check-plagiarism.com performed slightly worse than most 100% free tools, scoring a total of 39%.
While the tool was able to find some full matches, it mostly found partial matches.
The same color was used for different sources, which made the report hard to read. A different color was used for verbatim plagiarism and paraphrasing plagiarism, but the tool was often wrong.
You can check up to 1,000 words at once for free.
In the downloadable report, the format of the text is mostly retained. The report provides a long list of sources that are difficult to cross-reference with the text above.
The version of the report shown on the site itself is slightly better, as a box next to the plagiarized text allows you to see the text identified as the source. There is a “rewrite” function, along with a (manual) citation tool.
Check-plagiarism.com claims that the reports generated on their site are “highly secured and un-accessible.”
There are some FAQs listed on the site, but the answers provided are not very clear. They have live messaging support along with a contact form.
Check out Check-plagiarism.com
- Genuinely free for most purposes (1,000-word upload limit)
- Lots of distracting ads
- Unable to find most of the plagiarism
- Same highlight colors for different sources
Search Engine Reports is free to use, and users do not need to register. However, there is a limit of 1,000 words per scan. By paying, you can raise this limit to 30,000 words per scan.
The methodology this tool uses to find matches appears highly unreliable. It seems to simply search Google for each sentence in your document, counting it as plagiarism if it finds a match.
It identified only a low proportion of the plagiarism (38%) in our test documents. Due to its methodology, it was usually unable to find full matches, and it performed particularly poorly with scholarly sources such as dissertations and journal articles.
The report shown on the site gives a list of individual sentences marked as plagiarized or original. You can click a link next to each source, but all it does is google the sentence in question. The downloadable report highlights plagiarism within the text and shows a list of sources, but it doesn’t clearly link each sentence with a source.
There is also a language statistics function that lets you see words that appear frequently in the text to help limit repetition.
Search Engine Reports claims not to store any uploaded content in their database. There is no live support, but there is a contact form.
Check out Search Engine Reports
- Uploaded documents not stored/sold
- Detects a very low amount of plagiarism
- Misleading about costs—only free for five documents
- Low word limit of 800
- Lots of distracting ads and pop-ups
The tool claims it’s free, but it actually only allows you to upload five documents before requiring you to sign up for one of their many premium plans. These documents have an unusually low word limit of 800.
The premium plans offer options to increase (but not remove) this word limit. The cheapest is $15 per month, which only increases the limit to 1,000 words—a limit many other tools offer for free.
Plagiarismchecker.co gave some of the worst results out of all the checkers we tested, with an average of 30%. It was never able to provide a full match for a source text, only partial.
The tool is frustrating to use due to the high number of ads it displays and the low word limit.
The downloadable report sometimes didn’t include the plagiarism percentage, making it impossible to know how much of the text was plagiarized/original.
The report itself is difficult to read. All plagiarized text is highlighted in one color and is not clearly matched with the source identified for it.
The site claims that uploaded content is not stored in a database or shared with others. It also claims that “our advanced AI-powered algorithm ensures that your content must be protected under the copyright laws.” It’s not clear what this means.
While the site claims to have 24-hour support, there is no live support. There is a contact form on the site.
Check out Plagiarismchecker.co
Yes, Scribbr offers a limited free version of its plagiarism checker in partnership with Turnitin. It uses Turnitin’s industry-leading plagiarism detection technology and has access to most content databases.
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If you’re a university representative, you can contact the sales department of Turnitin .
Plagiarism can be detected by your professor or readers if the tone, formatting, or style of your text is different in different parts of your paper, or if they’re familiar with the plagiarized source.
Many universities also use plagiarism detection software like Turnitin’s, which compares your text to a large database of other sources, flagging any similarities that come up.
It can be easier than you think to commit plagiarism by accident. Consider using a plagiarism checker prior to submitting your paper to ensure you haven’t missed any citations.
The accuracy depends on the plagiarism checker you use. Per our in-depth research , Scribbr is the most accurate plagiarism checker. Many free plagiarism checkers fail to detect all plagiarism or falsely flag text as plagiarism.
Plagiarism checkers work by using advanced database software to scan for matches between your text and existing texts. Their accuracy is determined by two factors: the algorithm (which recognizes the plagiarism) and the size of the database (with which your document is compared).
Your document will be compared to the world’s largest and fastest-growing content database , containing over:
- 99.3 billion current and historical webpages.
- 8 million publications from more than 1,700 publishers such as Springer, IEEE, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, and Taylor & Francis.
Note: Scribbr does not have access to Turnitin’s global database with student papers. Only your university can add and compare submissions to this database.
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Driessen, K. (2023, June 08). 10 Best Free Plagiarism Checkers in 2023 | Tested & Reviewed. Scribbr. Retrieved November 14, 2023, from https://www.scribbr.com/plagiarism/best-free-plagiarism-checker/
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No matter which version of the tool you’re using, your feedback will include detailed explanations so you can understand why the text was flagged. Other highlighted areas will include examples of how the issues can be fixed. Some will include a detailed explanation as to why the issue was flagged. This personalized feedback allows you to make an educated decision about whether to edit your text or dismiss the suggestion, so you’re always in control of your final draft.
Subscription users also have the plagiarism checker at their disposal when scanning their papers for style and grammar suggestions. Just as with our other writing tools, when you use the tool to check plagiarism, changes are never made without your review, so you are always in the driver’s seat. You can review each highlighted area as well as the sources of matching text and will always be given a choice to either accept or ignore both citation and grammar suggestions.
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Check for Unintentional Plagiarism
Persistent use of the best grammar checker and spell checker you can find will help to shape up the style and substance of your composition. However, to ensure the integrity of your work and root out unintentional instances of academic dishonesty, you’ll also need to incorporate a subscription-based or free plagiarism checker for students.
The ability to scan your paper and check plagiarism and grammar before submitting your work is an invaluable tool for students. It’s so valuable, in fact, that students are not the only ones who consistently use this type of software.
Many teachers and professors use a service to ensure that student papers are original and include properly formatted and sourced citations for all reference materials. For some, this may be a consistent element of their grading process, while others may utilize one only when they feel there is a reason to do so.
What Exactly Does a Plagiarism Checker Do?
If you’ve used an online plagiarism checker before, you may be familiar with the process that these tools employ. For those who have never used one, it can be helpful to understand how these tools work and what you should expect as a result of using one.
The most basic free tools will scan your paper and provide you with a percentage that indicates how much of your work is original. This feature can be useful to a point, as some instructors and institutions set a percentage for the amount of similar text that is considered acceptable. This policy does not mean that they are lenient about academic dishonesty but, instead, that they recognize that similar or even matching word choice is not always an indicator of copying.
However, some schools do not tolerate any form of incremental plagiarism, period. In these institutions, “check paper for plagiarism” is likely a standard action when grading all papers.
With a free plagiarism checker, the percentage of word-for-word plagiarism in your text may be the only feedback you receive. Moreover, some of these providers may wade in unethical waters, and offer essay writing services in conjunction with their checking services. This is why many students and teachers prefer subscription-based checkers that focus on integrity, such as the EasyBib writing tools.
With our premium tools, you get more than just supporting proof that your paper is original and in your own words. Your writing is scanned for potentially matching text and areas that needs your attention is highlighted. We’ll provide you with the source of the matching text so you can review it and decide how to proceed. If you agree that a citation is needed, our citation tools and resources will provide you with the information you need to help format and insert the new sources in your text as well as your works cited page.
How Does the EasyBib Plus Online Plagiarism Checker Work?
The EasyBib Plus writing tool provides an all-in-one spell check, grammar review, and plagiarism checker that not only helps you with the paper you’re writing now but enables you to gain new knowledge and improve your writing for the future, too.
Our essay checker searches online for phrases, sentences, or passages that are similar to those in your paper. If it returns matching text, this may indicate that you have passages that are missing citations.
Just as with many checkers, our tool will tell you how many instances of matching text it finds in your paper. Our plagiarism tool is designed to do more than most free tools, however.
When a portion of your paper is flagged for review, we provide you with the source that it matches. As with our online spell check tool, you have the power to review each area and choose how to proceed. If you decide to cite the flagged text, you can review the suggested source and access our citation tools to help create a proper citation and start building a bibliography for your paper. Or, you may determine that no citation is needed, in which case it’s simple to dismiss the suggestion and continue to the next section.
If you’re unsure about how to proceed, our library of resources can help you learn more and make an educated decision. In this way, you gain more than just the ability to correct your work; over time, you can learn how to avoid plagiarism altogether.
Reasons Your Teacher May Run Your Paper Through a Plagiarism Detector
As stated previously, your teachers and professors grade papers with a fixed process that includes “check paper for plagiarism” as a standard, across-the-board action. Others may check for plagiarism only when they feel there is cause to do so. There are a few red flags that may stand out to them while reviewing a paper that would lead to their running a plagiarism check, including:
Style/Voice: Most teachers are familiar with the style and voice that you use in your writing. While most will hope that the feedback they provide when grading your work will help you to improve problem areas over time, a paper or essay that has a dramatically different style or voice than the work you’ve previously submitted can be a red flag.
Inconsistency: Changes in the font, font size, formality, formatting, and more may indicate that portions of a paper have been copied and pasted. If these inconsistent passages are not presented as quotations or don’t include citations, this may further indicate to your teacher that there’s plagiarism in the paper.
Old References: Part of a well-researched paper is verifying the legitimacy and relevance of your sources. While some older references may be acceptable depending on the topic, if all of your sources are outdated, it may lead your teacher to believe that you’ve recycled your own work or someone else’s.
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What is Plagiarism?
If you’re looking for a free online plagiarism checker , you’re already aware that it’s not something you want to be found in your papers. However, you may still be wondering: what does plagiarism mean? It’s a reasonable question and one that merits exploring. After all, some of the actions and circumstances that fall within the plagiarism definition come as a surprise to those who only learn that they’ve committed them after it’s too late.
So what is plagiarism? To define plagiarism in the most basic sense, you might say that it is taking someone else’s ideas and words and passing them off as your own.
If your goal is avoiding plagiarism entirely, you’ll need to go beyond the basics to thoroughly define plagiarism, recognize it, and keep clear of it. Some examples of plagiarism that students find surprising include forgotten citations, poor paraphrasing, and re-submitting your own work in whole or in part for more than one assignment. This useful article provides more help in recognizing and understanding the different forms that academic dishonesty can take.
Of course, using your own words and ideas does not count as plagiarism, nor does using common knowledge . Basically, common knowledge is information that is well known by the average person. Examples of common knowledge:
- there are 12 months in a year
- the freezing point of Celsius is zero degrees
- Socrates was a Greek philosopher
So should you only include your original thoughts and common knowledge in your papers? Of course not! Research-based assignments are meant to demonstrate your skills as a researcher, after all, as well as your ability to build upon the work of others to formulate new ideas. To avoid accidentally committing an act that falls within the plagiarism definition when you’re using another person’s words or ideas, though, you need to give them proper credit. This means you’ll need to clearly identify direct quotations or properly paraphrase them when including them in your paper.
Regardless of your approach, you’ll also need to cite your sources according to the style your professor specifies. Generally, you will use MLA format for the arts and humanities and APA format for the sciences, but it’s always best to check with your instructor when you’re unsure.
If you know what style to use but still aren’t sure how to create your citations, don’t fret! Our library of resources includes free guides to help you learn about various styles so you can properly structure and place them. And our premium tools not only help you check grammar, spelling, and originality in your papers, but subscribers also enjoy access to our citation creation tools!
What are the Different Types of Plagiarism?
In addition to the question “what is plagiarism,” you may also be wondering, “why do students plagiarize?” While some students do intentionally plagiarize because they believe they can pass off someone else’s work as their own to avoid spending time on their assignments, many others do so accidentally. They may not understand how broad the plagiarism definition is or they haven’t learned how to research and cite their sources properly. That is why it is vital to recognize plagiarism in all of its forms if you wish to ensure the integrity of your work.
Examples of plagiarism & How to prevent it
Intentionally copying another person’s work without including a citation that gives credit to the source. When most students are asked to identify potential plagiarism examples and behaviors, this direct and deliberate act is what they think of first.
- Prevention: If you use an idea or quote from another source, cite it in the text. Make it clear that it was not your own words.
Copying parts of another person’s work, such as phrases, sentences, or paragraphs without crediting the source. When deciding which tools to use to check a paper for plagiarism , instructors often seek out those that will identify incremental forms as well as instances of direct copying and similar phrasing.
- Prevention : Decide to either directly quote the phrases or sentences you want to use, or write a good paraphrase. In both cases, be sure to add a citation. Using a plagiarism checker could also help you identify problematic passages.
Academic self-plagiarism occurs when a student submits the same paper or parts of a paper for more than one assignment. When your instructors are grading your papers, they’re assessing your research and writing skills in the present. When you submit work that you completed in the past, they are both unable to evaluate your current skills and unaware that you haven’t completed the assignment.
- Prevention: Write a new paper for each assignment you’re assigned. If you feel strongly that your past work could enhance your new paper, speak to your instructor and ask for permission first.
Including a citation for a quote or idea that misrepresents the source material. This can occur if a student does not understand the reference they are citing; if a student includes a citation for a disreputable source; or the source material simply does not align with the idea or argument that the student has attributed to it.
- Prevention: Carefully review your assignment to understand it. As you research, take the time to evaluate each source notes . Remember, it’s better to have quality citations over an abundance of citations.
If a reference in a student’s bibliography is found not to exist, it is considered an invented source. This may occur if a student couldn’t find a reputable source to back their argument, or if they needed to include additional references to meet the requirements of the assignment and chose to take an unethical shortcut rather than completing the required amount of research. No matter the reason, this behavior ultimately hurts them in the long run. Not only will they fail to gain the experience they need to conduct research in the future properly, but they’ll also experience significant consequences if they’re caught.
- Prevention: Set aside time to do proper research so you can find enough sources. Start creating a list of sources as you’re researching and take good notes. This will help you keep track of your sources so none are forgotten. If you do end up forgetting where a quote came from, a paper checker could help you pinpoint the original source.
Patchwriting is often confused with paraphrasing, but there’s a significant difference. When you paraphrase, you demonstrate that you understand the topic well enough to restate it in your own words. When you patchwrite or spin, it is more akin to a word-swapping game; there’s no need to understand the subject, merely to have access to a thesaurus so you can substitute enough synonyms to mask the source material. This can be intentional, but it may also be a result of having a poor understanding of how to paraphrase.
- Prevention: Using your own words, write down the key points of the phrase or idea, and put them together in a sentence. Be sure to include a citation as well.
A good way to test if you’re patchwriting or paraphrasing is to remove your sources from view. If you can write about what you’ve read without looking at the source material, you likely understand it well enough to paraphrase it. If you have to review the source material with each new sentence or consult a thesaurus while writing about it (except when you’re adding direct quotations), you may be spinning your sources instead of paraphrasing them.
Academic Integrity Policies and Statements
If you’re still uncertain about what counts as plagiarism, look for your school’s/ organization’s policies on academic integrity and plagiarism. The policies of academic institutions usually cover what is considered plagiarism, the consequences of committing it, and how to avoid it. One great example is Purdue University’s Academic Integrity statement .
What are the Consequences of Plagiarism?
No matter the setting, plagiarism is not taken lightly, and the consequences can be significant. For a good reason, too! Whether in an academic or professional setting, the plagiarism consequences reflect the seriousness of the act, which is ultimately a form of theft that hurts everyone involved.
Just as with the theft of a tangible object, there can be legal punishments for plagiarism. It is, after all, a form of copyright infringement in many instances. A quick search for plagiarism articles will reveal that professional instances of intellectual theft have resulted in civil lawsuits and can even be criminally prosecuted under rare circumstances. In addition to the possible legal consequences, professionals may lose their jobs or have to start over in a new field after their acts of fraud are uncovered.
As a student, you’re likely to wonder what happens if you plagiarize in college or high school. While there will almost always be consequences for this behavior, there is no one-size-fits-all plagiarism sentence. Depending on the circumstances, academic dishonesty could result in outcomes such as:
- You might get a zero for the assignment in which the infringement occurred.
- You may receive a failing grade for the class. If it is a required course, this could leave you without enough credits to move on to the next level until you can repeat it and, in some instances, postpone graduation.
- You may be expelled from your school or university.
The academic dishonesty may be noted on your transcript, which can lead to you not getting into your preferred college, graduate school, or Ph.D. program in the future.
Nobody wants to be known as a fraud or to have a reputation for dishonesty follow them through their career. And, given the consequences that can extend beyond just their reputation, it’s no wonder that professional and academic writers who wish to avoid them take the time to understand the complete definition of plagiarism and run their work through a plagiarism checker before sending it out into the world.
Even the vigilant can fall prey to inferior tools, unfortunately. Before selecting a plagiarism checker, you should understand how they work and what they can (and cannot) detect.
How We Check for Plagiarism
When exploring how to check for plagiarism, most students and professionals conclude that including a checking tool in their revision process is not only helpful but necessary. When you consider the Herculean task of checking each line of your paper against the text of each of your resources, the benefits of a checker are clear. Moreover, this manual approach would only alert you to matching text in the sources you’re aware of, after all, and leaves the sources you haven’t reviewed untouched.
But, hang on. Why would sources you haven’t reviewed factor into your review? The answer to this lies in the plagiarism definition you learned above. What is plagiarism? It’s presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, intentionally or otherwise. It is not uncommon to uncover an idea while you’re researching a topic and later misremember it as your own. This might even occur years after you originally came across it.
You might wonder: how can plagiarism be avoided if you have to account for the source of every thought you include in your work? A few exceptions minimize the scope of this. Common knowledge about your topic does not need to be supported by a citation, nor does knowledge that you gained through your personal experience. Using a subscription-based or free plagiarism checker will help you locate any passages that may fall into these categories so you can review them and decide for yourself whether a citation is needed.
EasyBib Plus writing tools provide easy, convenient, and reliable support to help you find potentially missed citations and can help you improve your paper into a high-quality paper with integrity. Simply upload your paper, select the checker, then sit back and relax as the site scans your document. In mere moments, we’ll search the web for passages of similar text and highlight duplicate content for your review.
Regardless of the tools you use to help you revise and polish your work, it’s ultimately your responsibility to ensure that you’re writing and submitting ethical work. That’s why our tools go beyond the basics and require your participation. The tool never automatically makes changes to your paper, but only flags sections that may need your attention and provides you with the matching source so you can to make an educated decision.
If you find that a citation is needed, our citation tools can help you create properly formatted citations and develop a complete bibliography. And, if you review the passage and determine that the match is coincidental, you can dismiss the alert and move on to the next.
Seamless Citation Creation
Professional writers and students alike can find creating citations incredibly confusing. Nevertheless, they are an integral part of a well-written and researched paper and a requirement in almost all academic settings. But, have you ever wondered why they are so important? Citations really do have a purpose—other than driving us crazy— that make it necessary always to cite our sources.
We cite our sources for a few important reasons:
We need to give credit where credit is due. When you use a quote from someone else’s work, you need to give credit for using their words and ideas. Research is often based on the works and ideas of others. However, to include the words and ideas of another without giving them proper credit is to plagiarize, even if the act was unintentional.
In addition, showing that you’ve done proper research by including in text & parenthetical citations and a comprehensive list of sources to back up your arguments gives your work a layer of credibility that can help you earn the trust of your reader or teacher.
Readers can find the sources you used. When you’re writing high school or undergraduate papers, your only readers may be your instructors and peers. However, including citations at every level of writing helps to ensure that anyone who reads your work can access your sources to check their accuracy, learn more about your topic, and further their own research.
Sources can take your research and learning to the next level, too. When you are conducting research on a topic, checking the works cited or annotated bibliographies prepared by your sources can lead you down new avenues in your research to further develop your ideas and help you write your papers.
Correctly utilizing citations gives strength to your thoughts and opinions. Understanding the value of citations does not, unfortunately, make them any easier to create. We know how confusing it can be, but don’t throw in the towel on learning how to cite websites in MLA , create your APA citation website references, or format your works cited —this is where we come in!
While a free online plagiarism detector may tell you how much of your work is unoriginal and may even identify the passages that meet their plagiarize definition, a premium EasyBib Plus plagiarism checker account also gives you access to our powerful citation resources and generator so you can:
Scan your papers with the plagiarism tool to check for plagiarism-free work before you submit.
Review flagged passages to determine if they meet the plagiarism definition and create unlimited citations in APA format and MLA format for anything fitting the plagiarism meaning. Need more styles ? Check out our regular citation generator for thousands of choices and free resources to help you learn how to create an APA parenthetical citation , APA book citation , APA works cited , and so much more!
Build a full bibliography for your paper right along with your parenthetical or in-text citations, which can save you hours of work along the way compared to manually creating and formatting them.
How Else Do We Help You Improve Your Paper?
The EasyBib Plus plagiarism detector helps you check your content or paper for text that may be missing a citation—which may fall within the definition of plagiarism—to help ensure you don’t accidentally plagiarize. It also includes grammar check and spelling check tools to help identify errors and suggest grammatical tweaks that could help to elevate the level of your writing.
Running a plagiarism check couldn’t be easier! Just upload your paper to the online proofreader, and in a few moments we’ll have your writing and citing suggestions. And, there’s no need to worry about your paper after it’s been scanned.
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There’s no denying that your schoolwork can be challenging at times, and your assignments can lead to some late nights even when you’ve started them early. The last thing you want is to submit assignments that don’t reflect your best effort, but it can occasionally be quite the juggling act to get everything done on time.
Why not let our plagiarism checker free up space on your calendar by helping you revise your papers quickly and efficiently? The EasyBib Plus paper checker is your one-stop shop to check for plagiarism, create citations, spot spelling mistakes, and receive feedback on your grammar and style.
When you proofread and do a manual spelling check on work that you’ve written, you’re more likely to overlook mistakes. This is even more likely if you’re pressed for time or trying to complete several different assignments at once. There are tricks to help minimize this, such as reading your work aloud to identify poor grammar or reading each sentence backward to find spelling errors. When time is of the essence, though, these solutions aren’t the most convenient or useful options. That’s why many students seek the assistance of online tools that will run a grammar and plagiarism check on their work.
Are you asking yourself, “ How do I check my grammar online ?” We’ve got the perfect checker for you! Our advanced tools help you find and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. Our targeted feedback and free writing and citing resources help you learn as you go to improve your writing over time.
The best part? You can use our grammar and writing tools any time of the day, any day of the year for! Looking to try it? Just upload or copy and paste your text into our online proofreader for a free grammar check with up to 5 suggestions, or sign up for EasyBib Plus today! EasyBib Plus gives you use of the plagiarism checker and unlimited access to suggestions that can help improve your spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, writing style, and grammar.
Published February 3, 2019. Updated April 9, 2020.
Written and edited by Michele Kirschenbaum and Melissa DeVrieze Meyer . Michele is a school library media specialist and the in-house librarian at EasyBib. You can find her here on Twitter. Melissa is a professional writer and editor based in New Jersey. She writes for academic brands and independent publishers about writing, grammar, and literature, and creates study and curriculum materials for ESL learners. You can find her on Twitter .
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Plagiarism matters more than you think
You might define plagiarism as copying someone else’s work , whether by copying another student’s paper or taking passages directly from research sources and passing them off as your own work. But did you know that it’s not just about literal copying, but about making sure you credit your sources.
Think about it: would you want someone to take your hard work without crediting you? Of course not! So it’s important to make sure that you don’t accidentally use the work and research of someone else without giving them the credit they deserve and that formatting requires. A plagiarism check provides you with peace of mind that you haven’t forgotten to cite sources.
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Plagiarizing the works of another writer is a big deal in school and in life. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s the sort of mistake that no one wants to make because it’s a pretty serious issue. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to avoid if you have the right tools at your disposal! The first step to avoiding it is knowing what it is.
One plagiarism definition — probably the most commonly discussed one — is to directly steal somebody else’s words and pretend they are yours, or, alternately, to use someone else’s words and not give them credit. These actions are deliberate attempts to deceive, and they do happen in real life. More often, however, issues arise from not from intentional misconduct, but from innocent or careless mistakes that simply give an impression of copying because sources haven’t been credited as they should.
Most teachers ask you to cite the works of others so you learn to be an ethical researcher who does not plagiarize . In many cases, teachers will use a plagiarism tool to make sure students are following guidelines. However, with so many assignments, chores, friends, and other parts of life going on, it can be difficult to keep track of everything.
That’s why getting a plagiarism check — like the one from Citation Machine — can save you from forgetting to cite sources. It’s simple to use, catching missed citations and other errors. Finding and correcting these problems before you turn in your paper can make the difference between a stellar grade and a failing one.
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How a plagiarism check helps you
We often think of citing sources to avoid plagiarizing as something that helps other people, because it’s focused on correctly crediting the work done by others and not passing it off as your own or accidentally implying that it’s your own by failing to cite sources. But using a plagiarism checker to do this actually benefits you, the student, too!
When you submit your paper to be double-checked and to make sure that you haven’t plagiarized in any way, you’re also protecting yourself. How does that work? It’s all based on the way these tools function in the first place. Most of them are built around algorithms that compare uploaded papers to a vast database of existing work. This may include research databases of published works (think papers in academic journals, books, newspapers, and other print and digital sources), as well as information found online on websites.
So when you submit to a free plagiarism checker — or a subscription-based one — you’re comparing your own writing to other writings online. Your essay is checked using algorithms. How does this help you? In short, it protects you from accidentally getting a reputation as a plagiarist. Once you’ve uploaded a paper, the checker will scan your writing to make sure that your writing is wholly your own, saving you plenty of headaches and ensuring that your original ideas are shining through clearly with support from sources, rather than borrowing too heavily from other research.
If that’s not reason enough to use a checker, then remember this: if you’re in any sort of formal writing class, whether in high school or in college, your teacher is very likely to have access to a checker through their department. “Check paper for plagiarism” is at the top of the to-do list when teachers sit down to grade papers — in fact, many have a rubric that has a section for academic honesty and proper citations.
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So, what is plagiarism?
Let’s start with the basics. You might be surprised about what really counts in the overall plagiarism definition. For instance, have you ever heard of incremental plagiarism? Also called “patchwork,” this happens when you take bits and pieces from multiple sources, without citing, and pass it off as your own work. This is common with specific turns of phrase or ideas, but it’s also what can happen if you aren’t careful with citing all sources. A paper-checking service can help catch these issues before they get to your teacher’s desk.
When we talk about plagiarism, we’re talking about a wide variety of issues. It can mean deliberately copying from another source, whether it’s a book, an academic paper, or the work of a classmate or previous student. Using services that do work on behalf of a student, then put the student’s name on it, also falls into this category. As described above, deliberate incremental plagiarism — usually plagiarizing multiple sources and combining them to avoid detection — is also a major problem.
The above examples are probably the first answers that come to mind in response to the question “what is plagiarism?”, but there’s actually a lot more to it than that. Most of us wouldn’t intentionally plagiarize, but there are plenty of instances where you might do so without even realizing that you’ve done something wrong!
For instance, forgetting to cite a quoted source might result in the quoted passage tripping the algorithms when your teacher runs it through a paper checker. Or perhaps you’ve synthesized the information from your research, but you’ve inadvertently reused some particularly distinctive language from one of the original sources, making it appear like intentionally copied text even though it’s really not. Citation Machine Plus tools can help you avoid these accidents by proofreading your paper to catch any instances that could count against you and helping you fix the issues.
Here’s a detailed article if you’d like to learn more about avoiding plagiarism .
Why we cite
What do teachers want to see in your papers? When it comes to writing style, teachers will pretty much always understand that every student will have a different voice, but they’ll still be looking for certain elements that every paper should have — like citations. Essentially, the idea is to make sure that an essay has original ideas and arguments and cites sources where it uses existing information .
Remember the Golden Rule? Do unto others as they would do unto you? Most of us would not want others to take credit for our ideas, so we don’t intentionally steal someone else’s words. But with so much information in the world, it can easily occur by accident.
Unfortunately, it happens both intentionally and unintentionally enough that teachers often take student work and run it through a scan to make sure the content is original. That’s right, even teachers sometimes use online tools from a subscription-based or free plagiarism checker. It’s even a required step for many writing classes at any level, so make sure that your paper is prepared for these kinds of checks.
That being said, no teacher really wants to flag any student’s paper, and no student wants to be flagged. That’s one reason citations are so important and a vital part of ethical research and writing. When you cite your sources correctly, you’re giving credit to the originators of the ideas or quotes, which means that there’s no plagiarizing going on — just good old-fashioned research .
When you first start learning to cite your sources, you probably learned just one overall style guide. In college and in the real world, though, the style guide you’ll need to use will depend on what field you’re in. For instance, academia often sticks with Chicago citation style , while the arts and humanities tend to prefer MLA, and APA is favored by the social and behavioral sciences.
So you need MLA format help? We got you covered! How about APA format instead? No problem! We’re all over that, too! In fact, we have many more citation styles . Our classic citation tools are available for all your formatting needs.
Here’s the best part: using our tools could help you expand your knowledge for the future! Our citation formatting tools can help you become more familiar with the most popular style guides — which will make your life easier when you go to write more essays in the future! Curious about these benefits and how it works? Here’s a great place to
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Citation Machine Plus is much, much more than just a way to check plagiarism — you can scan for grammar errors, too!
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The tool will highlight any errors, plus more! In fact, the tool can sometimes even tell you why your mistakes are mistakes and help you correct them. That’s why we think our grammar check is the perfect helper for your papers: it doesn’t just help to catch your errors, it also helps you learn from them so that you can improve your writing over time.
Hypothetical situation (or is it?): You have just finished writing a paper for class. Maybe you spent hours writing it, maybe you only spent an hour on it. Either way, wouldn’t you feel better turning in your paper if it was proofread and reviewed?
Everybody wants an A+. The only way to get there is through practice, hard work, and learning. Citation Machine Plus writing tools can help you develop your skills by identifying potential errors in your paper. That way you can improve your paper and learn what grammatical points to focus on in the future.
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As it’s more than just an essay checker, the Citation Machine Plus suite of tools has a few more tricks up its sleeve! As the name implies, these tools are built for equipping you with simple, easy-to-use citation tools to help you build a bibliography for your paper.
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Turning in essays for class can be stressful enough on its own, but that stress can just get compounded with worries about grammar and citations. There’s no need to stress when Citation Machine Plus is at your disposal! Its tools are easy to use, all-in-one platform that helps take the worry out of writing a paper when it comes to grammar and citations. Check for everything you need, all in one place, and learn more about how to make your writing truly shine.
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Let’s be honest, citations are a hassle. But the great thing about a paid or free online plagiarism checker is that you can pull double duty: when you check for plagiarism, you’re also checking to see if you’ve left out any citations! We wanted students and authors to have a one-stop shop when it comes to citing; a citation creation tool at your beck and call.
And now you do!
In addition to our paper checking tools, we have citation tools! Citing sources not only makes your work more professional, it is generally required for any formal papers or research projects. Any time you use the words or direct concepts of others, it’s vital to give credit where it’s due, and a proper citation is the means to do that. Remember: when we ask “what is plagiarism?” the answer includes improperly cited sources along with intentional copying! Teachers can often use a paper-checking service through their schools, so we’ve developed similar tools for students to use.
Our classic citation tools make it easy to create a correctly-formatted citation for APA format or MLA format citation styles. ** We have taken the hassle out of citing your sources, and — trust us — you will notice the difference.
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Whether producing original content or verifying that of others, there’s a lot to gain from using a plagiarism checker. Accurate, automatic detection of duplicate content facilitates the copy-checking process for teachers, students, content writers, and more. Results showing the exact percentage of plagiarized content allows users to see exactly how much text has been copied and where they need to re-word.
Before homework can be graded for quality, it must first be confirmed as original. Our easy-to-use tool arms teachers with a simple, effective way to verify and grade students’ work. Educators at all levels can benefit from ensuring academic integrity through a comprehensive plagiarism check. From K-12, all the way through higher education, teachers are faced with the task of verifying the originality of the work of dozens, if not hundreds, of students each year. Automating this process frees teachers up to focus on the quality of work, rather than be bogged down by its originality.
While the prevalence of academic plagiarism is on the rise, much of it is arguably unintentional. A simple, yet accurate and comprehensive, plagiarism checker offers students peace of mind when submitting written content for grading. It is much easier to do a quick check for potential plagiarism before submission rather than convince a teacher after the fact that your academic integrity is not in question. And Quetext even takes checking for plagiarism a step further, helping students identify and cite the source itself with our built-in citation generator.
Plagiarism risk is not restricted to academia. Anyone tasked with writing for an individual or business has an ethical and legal responsibility to produce original content. On top of that, content writers are often tasked with producing content on topics outside of their wheelhouse, leaving them reliant on the work of others for their research. Our plagiarism checker gives content writers a quick and easy method to prevent copyright infringement. Checking even lengthy pieces of writing takes only a few minutes, keeping companies’ public content in check and writers’ integrity intact.
Types of Plagiarism
It’s important to understand that plagiarism expands far beyond just copying someone else’s work word-for-word. There are several different types of plagiarism that should be avoided.
Many believe that, as long as they produced the work at some point in the past, they can include it in future pieces. However, even if you were the original author, that original work must be cited in order to not be flagged as plagiarism. Treat your past self as a totally separate author; be sure to include all relevant citations and quotations, the same as you would for any other source.
Patchwork plagiarism is the act of piecing together a "patchwork" of existing content to form something new. Assembling unoriginal content in this manner often involves some paraphrasing, with only slight changes. This type of plagiarism can be tricky and can certainly occur unintentionally, especially in academia. Since academic writing is largely based on the research of others, a well-meaning student can inadvertently end up plagiarizing.
Mosaic plagiarism is synonymous with patchwork plagiarism. It describes the process of loosely rearranging or restating another's work without issuing proper credit. It can occur accidentally or intentionally. For authors, mosaic plagiarism endangers their academic integrity or reputation as a writer. For those checking content originality, such as teachers, mosaic plagiarism can easily appear to be original content, which can make mosaic plagiarism especially difficult to detect manually.
Plagiarism doesn’t have to be intentional to still be considered plagiarism — even in early academia, where students are just learning how to properly cite others’ work. While there may be no ill intent from the student, most schools have policies explicitly treating accidental plagiarism the same as intentional plagiarism. Students are expected to know how to properly issue credit to other authors. Similarly, content writers risk damage to their reputation if they produce plagiarized content, regardless of intent.
Plagiarism Checker FAQ
What is plagiarism.
Plagiarism is representing someone else’s work as your own. In educational contexts, there are differing definitions of plagiarism depending on the institution. Plagiarism is considered a violation of academic integrity and a breach of journalistic ethics.
What percentage of a paper can be plagiarized (or copied) and still be considered unique?
Generally speaking, similar or exact copies of another source should be kept under 15% for the total text of the article/paper/essay. As a best practice, citations should be used whenever using another source word-for-word.
What’s the difference between deliberate and accidental plagiarism?
Deliberate plagiarism is purposely copying works from books, articles, webpages, or someone else’s paper and representing it as your original work. Alternatively, accidental plagiarism occurs in a few different ways:
- Incorrectly citing another person’s works
- Failing to paraphrase another person’s works - even when citing it correctly
- Reusing your own previous papers and inadvertently representing it as a new idea
What are the consequences of plagiarism?
The consequences for plagiarizing another person’s works vary. But broadly speaking, the types of consequences can be grouped by person and profession.
Plagiarism consequences for students
Maintaining academic integrity is a top priority for every educational institution. As already mentioned, ignorance of how to properly cite sources is not an excuse for plagiarism. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are submitting work that has not been plagiarized.
Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action, including an automatic failed grade, removal from a class, or expulsion from a school or university. Students who are allowed to continue at their institution following an act of plagiarism may encounter mistrust and additional scrutiny from teachers and instructors.
Plagiarism consequences for copywriters
Copywriters stake their reputation (and by extension, that of their client or company) on their writing. All copywriters must produce completely original content for their clients.
The consequences for plagiarism here are clear: Copywriters who plagiarize the content of others will quickly find it difficult to obtain paying assignments. Similar to academic situations, it is the copywriter’s own responsibility to ensure that their content is 100% original.
Plagiarism consequences for journalists
Journalists are held to exceptionally high standards of integrity in their writing. A journalist who produces plagiarized content jeopardizes the trust of their readers and publishers. Plagiarism can instantly reduce a journalist’s career by a large margin. The ethical and legal standards issued to journalists are clear: Produce original, well-cited content or find another field.
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When students use online professional writing services, they expect to have original pieces written from scratch and according to their instructions. One of the most critical factors in using online writing services is that the pieces of writing they deliver to students are 0% plagiarism. Most writing companies check for plagiarism percentage but do not offer a free plagiarism checker online for a student to use when he asks, “check my paper for plagiarism.”
Sometimes students have written their essays and papers and want to use a plagiarism detector. They will not find an essay plagiarism checker to use on an online writing service – at least not the majority of them. When writing companies do offer additional resources, such as a free plagiarism checker, students come to trust that they are in the business of helping them rather than just making money. While knowing your plagiarism score is good, it is best to ask professionals " write my paper ," and there will be no plagiarism issues.
Plagiarism Checker for Students
Let’s face it. It’s easy to get a bit sloppy when doing research for a paper. An author’s words are paraphrased too closely to the real thing, a unique idea is not credited to its owner, and sometimes, even a direct quote is not cited correctly. All these things open a student up for charges of plagiarism, even if they write college papers from scratch with the best of intentions. Having a free online plagiarism checker for students, such as that offered by Trust My Paper, gives a student a neutral, objective source to ensure that no instructor will find plagiarized content in what he has submitted. And having a plagiarism detector that is a unique piece of software not used by anyone else is critical. More on that later.
There is also something called “self-plagiarism.” Most students are unaware of this issue, but it is accurate. Suppose a student has written a previous original piece and run through a common plagiarism detector used by many institutions. Now, he is writing a second piece on a similar topic and has decided to use a small percentage of content from that previous piece. Using that same common plagiarism detector will result in repeated content being flagged as plagiarized. Better to catch this with the Trust My Paper plagiarism checker before turning the paper in.
The consequences of plagiarism become more severe as students move through their schooling careers. A middle school student who writes his first research paper is a beginner and may not fully understand the “rules” of plagiarism. Rather than severe consequences, his teacher will probably re-teach those rules, point out what was plagiarized, and have him rewrite those parts. By high school, things get a little more serious, and students can face severely lowered grades on writing that contains plagiarism. Once in college, a student is expected to know the rules and to produce fully original work. Consequences for plagiarism are severe and can even include expulsion. If a student has any concerns about plagiarism, he must find an online plagiarism checking tool with percentage and clear his piece before submitting it. Trust My Paper has that tool.
Benefits of Free Online Plagiarism Checker by Trust My Paper
Let’s look at probably the most common online plagiarism detector – Turnitin. Most colleges use Turnitin campus-wide so that instructors will check papers for plagiarism through this software. And it’s a free plagiarism checker with percentage. Here is a typical scenario. A student finishes a paper and runs it through Turnitin. It gives him 95% originality, which is acceptable. He then submits that essay to his professor. That professor then runs it through Turnitin, and it comes back plagiarized. The student has some explaining to do, even though he did nothing wrong.
This is probably not your biggest worry when dealing with checking for plagiarism. You just want to ensure you have not goofed and plagiarized something by mistake. Often, these are failures to cite sources correctly or to paraphrase too closely. And if you use a good plagiarism checker with percentage, these issues will be identified so you can fix them.
You will not encounter undetected plagiarism issues when you use the free plagiarism checker on the Trust My Paper website. And there are some other significant benefits when you check a paper for plagiarism through our tool:
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Once you have typed in Google “Trustmypaper.com check my paper for plagiarism,” you simply access it here, on the Trust My Paper website. The rest is self-explanatory:
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- Check the box that you agree with the “terms and conditions” and then click the “check for plagiarism” box.
- Let the software do its work and provide you with a full report. That report will include the percentage of originality and point out any and all parts with similarities, along with the sources of those similarities.
- If you need to fix some things, you can run the piece through the checker again until you have the desired results.
- Once you have the results you want, you can download your report and turn it in with your work.
Once you have used it, you will believe ours is the best plagiarism checker you will find.
Advantages of Plagiarism Checker by Trust My Paper
Using Trust My Paper online plagiarism checker has several advantages that make it the preferred checker of most clients. These include the following:
- You get a full report that will let you fix any issues quickly and be confident that you can turn in your work without worry.
- You can check your paper for plagiarism as many times as necessary.
- Our free plagiarism checker is free, no matter how many times you want to use it.
- Your use of our plagiarism checker is confidential, and it is fast. You will get your report, usually within minutes, unless the piece is lengthy.
- Accuracy is guaranteed because we use the latest software and algorithms.
- You can drag and drop any type of file you have - .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .odt.
- Our checker is super simple to use. Once you try it, you’ll want to use it for every piece you write.
Can I check my essay for plagiarism for free online?
Yes, you can find an online plagiarism checker in a lot of places online. Quality can vary, though. Scanners that use the most current technology and algorithms will give you a good result. But there is no way to always know if those are in place when you choose a checker and to get the accuracy and completeness you really need. When you decide to use Trust My Paper’s plagiarism, you will get the accuracy and the comprehensiveness you need. You’ll have an overall percentage of originality and a highlighting of any text that is a problem.
As a student, is it free for me to use Trust My Paper plagiarism checker?
Absolutely. No matter what your grade level, no matter where your institution is located, you can access our plagiarism checker for free, as often as you need, 24 hours a day. It supports a number of foreign languages, is fast and easy, and will even scan a large number of sources to ensure accuracy. Our plagiarism checker is one of several free resources we offer to students because we are committed to your success. Helping you make sure your writing work is 100% plagiarism-free is important.
Can I scan my research paper for plagiarism for free?
Yes, of course. Our plagiarism checker will scan, analyze, and report on any piece of writing in any document format. Once the scan is complete, you can then download the full report or have it emailed to you, so you can attach it to your work when you turn it in.
Will your plagiarism report be the same as the one used by my university?
Online plagiarism checkers from different types of programs/scanners will not “look” exactly the same. But the information they all provide will be the same. There will be a percentage of originality, and for most instructors and institutions, it must be 90% or higher. It will point out pieces of content that are too similar to existing content, found on huge databases or elsewhere on the web. The “meat” of any plagiarism checker for students will be the same, just in different sequencing.
Can I be punished for plagiarism?
You bet you can. Younger students who are new to writing essays, papers, book reports, and such will not face the consequences. Their teachers will point out plagiarism and explain why it is wrong. As students get older, punishments will be in place for plagiarism. By the time students are in college, consequences can be mild to severe, depending upon the instructor and the institution’s policies. Our advice? Take no chances. Run everything you write through the Trust My Paper free checker, and submit your work with confidence.
What does a free plagiarism checker with percentage mean?
Many free plagiarism checkers only tell you if your content is original or not. That can be misleading. In truth, almost no content is 100% original. Commonly used phrases, quotes, and other similar content will count as content that isn’t completely original. Don’t forget about self-plagiarism! This is when a student uses their own previous work, but doesn’t cite it. In addition to this, different schools and organizations allow different thresholds of originality.
A free plagiarism checker with percentage doesn’t just showcase spots where there may be issues with originality. It shows you exactly how much of your paper is completely original. This lets you determine if you need to change anything.
All of these are clear reasons why you need a plagiarism checker that provides an accurate percentage. This will allow you to verify that your content is as original as it needs to be.
What percentage of plagiarism is considered bad?
That depends on the standards set by your instructor or school. It also depends on how you are presenting any information you have lifted from other sources. For example, a paragraph-long quote that is properly sourced and attributed is not plagiarism. However, it may show up as content that isn’t original. On the other hand, if you steal a shorter quote, and pass it off as your own thought, without giving credit, that is plagiarism.
In many cases, you can find out what the expectations are. Sometimes, your instructor will publish the percentage of originality they expect in the assignment rubric. In other cases, it will be with the course rules.
Don’t forget to learn what will happen if you should turn in a paper that isn’t completely original. In some cases, the consequences could be failure or expulsion. In other instances, your instructor may simply wish to review your paper to ensure that you have given proper credit.
I cited my sources, is it considered plagiarism?
In some instances, the answer is yes. For example, if you use someone’s exact words, but fail to use quotes, that may be considered to be plagiarism. You can avoid this by properly attributing words using quotes, in addition to citing your source. Sometimes, it is best to paraphrase or reword the statement.
Can you detect plagiarism without a plag checker?
There may be a few things you can do to look for plagiarism in your writing. For example, you can:
- Do a Google search on passages of your writing to see if it finds matching content.
- Double-check that all of your writing uses quotations and citations properly.
- Look for visual cues in your paper. For example, a passage that uses a different font may be something you copied in, then forgot to paraphrase or quote.
You may also ask someone you trust to review your paper.
Unfortunately, while these actions may help, none of them are a decent substitute for a reliable plagiarism detector. Remember that online, plagiarism detection software can quickly access and review more than a million papers, articles, and other content. You simply cannot match that using any other tool or technique. That is why it is best to rely on a high-quality plagiarism checker that gives you an originality percentage.
Is it safe to check for plagiarism online?
Absolutely! In fact, this is the safest, most convenient method there is. Did you know your instructor or employer will likely use an online checker to ensure your work is original? It only makes sense that you would gain peace of mind by having your writing double-checked for plagiarism by a company that is established in the field of academic writing. Here are some things to consider as you look for a plag checker online:
- Does the service have connections with reputable academic databases?
- Have students been satisfied with their experiences with this service?
- Is it easy to use the plagiarism checking tool?
- Does the company that offers the service have an excellent track record in the field of academic writing?
- Will the tool check for self-plagiarism?
- Can the student expect to receive an accurate number that reflects their originality?
- Is there multiple language support?
- Is it free?
- Can you use the plagiarism checker multiple times for a single paper?
Our plagiarism checker has all of these features. Further, you may drag and drop files, or use copy and paste. All standard file formats are supported.
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