Plagiarism is a big problem in the online world, not to mention a very old one in academia, government, and industry. Some modern tools have made it easier for teachers, administrators, and employers to check for plagiarism in text submitted by writers, test takers, job seekers, and others who might seek to gain an advantage from others' labors or property (it's known as "stealing").
Plagiarisma's Desktop Plagiarism Checker is a handy interface for a Web-based plagiarism search tool that supports more than 190 languages and many document types. The software and service are free, but you must create an online account to use them. You can sign in via Facebook and other social media, too. Registering gave us access to more features, such as spell checkers and a task scheduler.
Desktop Plagiarism Checker has a very simple interface, with a blank field for pasting or typing in text and the option to search Google, Bing, or Yahoo, on one tab, and Google Scholar or Google Books on another tab. We could also specify an exact search, though the program uses fuzzy logic for finding near misses (which sometimes turn out to be hits).
There's a check box to search the TOR network. Selecting this produces a pop-up warning for the user to show that TOR is only for checking single sentences and only when other searches have failed, and that abusing the TOR network will get your IP banned. But we didn't need to use TOR since we planned to search for material we knew we'd find. And find it we did.
We simply pasted some raw text, chose our search engine, deselected the exact search feature to catch edits and typos, and clicked Check Duplicates. After some thinking, Desktop Plagiarism Checker returned three matches, exactly where we'd expected to find them. Satisfied, we turned the tool loose on some other documents with similar results.
Tools like Desktop Plagiarism Checker and Plagiarisma's Web site make detection of online plagiarism easier.
- The soft misses a lot of plagiarism.
- Doesn't search well through .pdf and .doc files.
It is OK as a free tool and if you don't need a serious check. If you work with content professionally, I would recommend to try professional and more reliable paid tools like https://unplag.com or others.
The number of characters you can enter at one time is limited (i.e. you can't submit your entire paper to be checked). I ended up submitting one page at a time and then was only able to run the first 3 pages of my paper before I was told I had exceeded my usage and would have to return in 24 hours.
Since most papers that will care about plagiarism are greater than 3 pages, this is quite an obstacle. My paper is due tomorrow! I can't wait 24 hours to run a check on the next part of my paper. This is very inconvenient.
none for me because can't use it. it also didn't work at work (behind a proxy)
unless you know what you're doing (i.e. have used it before), then don't expect and free scans. You need to sign up first. Or wait 24 hours. But if you need it within 24 hours you can sign up. But if you do you're told to wait up to 12 hours for - some kind of processing. Waste of time for me.
This is small application that takes your text input and scans it over Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines. All fields are highlighted for originality and it even gives you a percentage for originality at the bottom of the page! Virus check comes back clean and there isn't any information saved to the file.
There is also an option to convert your report into PDF in the event your instructor questions your work. CBS Interactive creates this application so it's a trusted source in my book.
You are only permitted to enter 5000 characters per check. Not a problem since you can run one check after another without limits, it's just annoying on larger assignments. But hey....it's free and works!
I would recommend to all students. Works great with college level assignments.