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The Plagiarism Checker

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 12, 2008 5 Comments

I just found a helpful free site called The Plagiarism Checker which claims to detect whether a piece of text is plagiarized or not. I took several chunks from readings assigned to my class, reworded them a little, and ran them through the analyzer, and it worked fine: it detected “potential plagiarism,” and then linked me to Google search results that referenced the readings I had reworked. The Internet has not only made a vast array of research resources available to many students, it has also made it easier to make what Bakhtin would have called “others’ words your own” (especially without citing them). While a Google search is a rule of thumb nowadays for many professors and teachers, more comprehensive academic plagiarism detection softwares tend to be expensive, affordable generally only at the institutional level. For UC Berkeley students and teachers, here’s a plagiarism run down from the library.

Check out the free anti-plagiarism site, and let me know what you think!

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5 Responses to “The Plagiarism Checker”

  1. Youki on: 12 December 2008 at 6:17 pm

    excellent post, ran it through the plagiarism checker and it’s original! (as far as the methodology allows) I think blog posts are pretty well-documented on google, right? 🙂

    usree's plagiarism post

  2. Usree Bhattacharya on: 12 December 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Oh my, I nearly died laughing! You’re hilarious, Youki!

    Good to hear that the post made it through the checker just fine…Yes, posts are well documented on Google. “Blogging and plagiarism” has to be the topic of another post though…wanna try?

    ps. It’s a good thing we don’t have to pay Oleg Teterin for smiley use…yet, or you and I would be out some serious cash. 😉

  3. Usree Bhattacharya on: 12 December 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Oh wow, the image of the results didn’t pop up earlier…thanks for inserting it. Trust you to think this up!

  4. daveski on: 14 December 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Snap, now I’m gonna have to start writing my own stuff…

  5. Frank on: 6 January 2009 at 9:30 am

    Check out seesources.com – this one is more sophisticated (seems to use Yahoo)

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