Detecting Plagiarism Is Difficult But Possible!

Friday, 23 December 2011 09:11

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Have you also noticed, that plagiarism issue is getting more and more popular nowadays? That’s no wonder! Since digital era brings along not only positive changes…

What is even worse is that neither dismissals, nor expulsions, or legal penalties have prevented copyright infringement from happening again and again. However like all criminals, intellectual property thieves are afraid of being caught one day. To make this real, a lot of different companies have emerged to develop special tools verifying content for similarities and detecting plagiarism.

So, what are the basic principles of plagiarism checkers’ work and how to define which of them are the most efficient? Let’s dwell on this a bit.

What Is This Magic All About?

The main principle of plagiarism detectors’ work is alike. All of them aim at comparing submitted content to that one available online. It goes without saying, that all other resources not reachable online, i.e. hard copies: books, magazines, newspapers can’t be subject to this analysis.

Plagiarism detection process is usually run on the basis of special search algorithm, which applies different operating mechanisms. So many men, so many needs and that’s why so many algorithms are created. Each service has its own unique properties, namely plagiarism percentage, grammar and spelling check, plagiarism reports, ability to work with most frequently used document formats, etc. Still the key feature implies ability to check a wide range of databases, since the more system checks the more profound plagiarism search results you will get.

Thus, the algorithm’s efficiency determines the quality of the whole service provided. A well-thought-out algorithm lets you carry out thorough verifications for plagiarism thanks to its multilayer checking process. So, that’s what plagiarism checkers’ magic is all about!

How To Choose The Most Suitable Checker?

As it was already said, there are a great many companies providing plagiarism detection tools. But the question is how to define which of them will correspond to your needs completely? Here is a list that may turn to be of help to you:


You need to make certain that the content you uploaded has no similarities with all web resources available. Thus, the more online resources a checker compares to, the better. Except for multiple web resources, it may also use internal databases,  search engines, online publishing houses, etc.

Time of analysis

Speed matters! Especially for those who need to check loads of content. However, you should pay close attention to whether speed doesn’t effect plagiarism detection process negatively as well!

Documents capacity

Should you be on the point of verifying lots of documents/words at a time, you need to make sure if this option is available.

Detection intensity

As for detection intensity, it’s important to find your own middle way. In other words to choose the system, which suggests the most optimal balance between checking short word phrases and entire sentences. Otherwise, you will get unreliable search results either because the system may highlight commonly used phrases as plagiarized or else the accuracy of search will be too poor.

Plagiarism reports

Another handy option allowing you to store plagiarism search results and make use of them whenever such necessity arises.


The last but not the least feature is precision. It helps identify plagiarism detectors’ quality. For instance, free plagiarism checkers have a precision of no more than 15%, paid plagiarism detection services are almost entirely accurate.

Well, plagiarism detection is tough, yet possible thanks to already existing and constantly improving plagiarism detection tools. Hope that this brief guide will assist you with choosing the one suitable for you!

P.S.: If you are eager to share your own recipes of finding effective plagiarism checkers, you are welcome to leave your comments below.

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