With the Internet it is easier than ever to plagiarize by either stealing or buying someone’s work. The Internet is a double edge sword, however, because there are tools available to people to check a work for veracity and originality. Unless you are a teacher or in some form of academia, you might not be aware of the Web sites that are plagiarism checkers. Through our own research, we have complied a list:
Dustball—A trusted checked since 2002.
Plagiarism Detect—Useful but has problems when Bing changes its API.
Small SEO Tools Plagiarism Checker—A simple free checker.
Plagiarisma—Available in different languages with other useful features and downloadable apps.
Copyscape—Has the unique feature, Copysentry to allow users to monitor plagiarism on the Web.
Plagium—Like many of the other checkers, but has a beta version to check social media.
There is an expression that says, “there are no original ideas anymore.” New ideas spring up all the time, but it takes a lot more work to create something new than it does to make something from scratch. Plagiarism does not benefit anyone, especially the stealer. Use the plagiarism tools to improve your work quality and come up with something new.
Whitney Grace, December 27, 2013