4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your Blog

plagiarism1   4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your BlogBeing original all the time can be tough, but copying another person’s work and passing it as our own is a punishable offense. Nothing can hit the credibility of a blog hard than a plagiarism charge.

It may not be you, but one of the new interns at the blog could have lifted content off another blog to make the deadline. How to ensure your blog’s reputation is not tarnished? Check out our coverage of 4 online plagiarism checkers after the jump for excellent ways to avoid plagiarism on your blog.

PercentDupe

PercentDupe   4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your Blog

PercentDupe is an online plagiarism and duplicate content detection tool. This web app offers two ways to check the originality of the written content in question. You can either use a weblink from your blog (either from a test blog or a published post) or just copy and paste the content in the text box. Results are pretty comprehensive with the link to the original article from where the content was copied and how much percentage of the content has been plagiarized from the original. Since the service is still in beta, PercentDupe lists a maximum of seven links from where the written content was copied from.

crossrefme

crossrefme.net Report   4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your Blog

With its innovative & unique algorithm, crossrefme dredges through millions of web pages to check if the content under examination has already been published elsewhere on the Internet. The content check process as simple as copying & pasting text in the text box. The results page is nicely designed and displays multiple links from where the content is copied from, along with the percentage of similarity between both the versions. In addition to the individual percentages of originality, there is also an overall originality indicator on top of the results. The result also highlights sentences and words that have been copied from the original prominently. This tool is one of the best ways to avoid plagiarism.

Dupli Checker

With a bunch of options to tweak and multiple search engine integration, Dupli Checker is quite feature rich. Users can choose between the classic and advanced duplicate detection options. Neither of the option changes the way the search for duplicate content occurs, only the manner in which the results are displayed. When the classic option is selected, individual results are shown for each and every sentence. This sure is an unconventional way to check for plagiarism but the results turned out to be fine.

Dupli Classic   4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your Blog

Results from the advanced search were more precise with only the most relevant duplication links listed and are presented in a more refined style.

Dupli Advanced   4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your Blog

Results from both advanced and classic modes were more precise with Google as the search engine, though users can toggle between Yahoo and MSN to execute the duplication checks.

Google

Now what to do when you forget to keep bookmarks of these plagiarism checkers or if any of these sites are down for maintenance? There is always the almighty Google to turn to. Online plagiarism checkers do not index the web themselves to check for duplicates. When you execute a plagiarism check, the algorithm under the hood of these websites searches the pages indexed by Google, Yahoo, MSN or any other search engine for that matter. So in most cases, online plagiarism checkers act as better wrappers to deliver the results from a search engine. Let us go ahead and see how to search at the source.

Google   4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism on Your Blog

In the search box, just type text followed by the content in quotes. The syntax is: text “Enter the content to check here”. Voila! We now have the links to pages from the content has been lifted.

Final Thoughts

During my evaluation, I found PercentDupe to be pretty good and very close to premium services like Copyscape. Though the Dupli Checker’s idea of searching for every sentence is weird, the results were fine in the advanced mode. The only downside of using Google to search for duplicates is that the search query is limited to 32 words. But considering the power of Google’s algorithm, the results were spot on.

For a list of more plagiarism checkers, check out our roundup on “5 Free Websites To Catch The Copycats” and the one about Plagium. Are there any other better ways to avoid plagiarism using online or desktop tools? If so, please share it us.

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28 Comments -

Helnes

Nice post. Really appreciated it :D

Nat Jay

These are very useful tools for Bloggers and content writers. EmbedArticle is another anti-copying tool that keeps references to the original source, thereby making plagiarism a tad difficult.

Siva

PercentDupe is not worth.. you shld remove them..
Btw, others are gr8

Aibek

why whats wrong with PercentDupe? Tried it?

Siva

Yup.. i check my blog.
It tried to check for Plagiarism for only the word “information” ..

Siva

I mean ,i checked my blog by entering my url and it got the result for the word “information” :@
yesterday i replied from my bed…sry for bad english ..

Ryan

Could you please explain in more detail? I am from Percentdupe Team. I would like to find out why our tool did not work for you.

Siva

PercentDupe is not worth.. you shld remove them..
Btw, others are gr8

Hans

Searching with Google, what’s the difference between:
text “abc defg hij”
and just plain
“abc defg hij”
?

Hans

Searching with Google, what’s the difference between:
text “abc defg hij”
and just plain
“abc defg hij”
?

JK III

Yeah, why did you put “text” in front of that sentence?

Aibek

I am puzzled as well. Mohan could you please explain the reason behind adding text in the query.

Mohan Ramkumar

@Hans, JK III and Aibek, we the text prefix to get precise results. Now let us select a line from this post and search in Google without quotes. We get about 72,900 results as shown in the screenshot.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/without-text-quotes.png

Let us search the same sentence with the text prefix and we get just 8 results that are precise or close enough to be precise as shown in the screencap below.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/with-text-quotes.png

Now when searching without quotes, Google a couple of straight fits and just starts to search individual words like can, they, one etc. But when we use the text prefix, we restrict the search strictly to the sentence in question or atleast a significant phrase from it. That’s the difference. :)

Mohan Ramkumar

@Hans, JK III and Aibek, we the text prefix to get precise results. Now let us select a line from this post and search in Google without quotes. We get about 72,900 results as shown in the screenshot.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/without-text-quotes.png

Let us search the same sentence with the text prefix and we get just 8 results that are precise or close enough to be precise as shown in the screencap below.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/with-text-quotes.png

Now when searching without quotes, Google a couple of straight fits and just starts to search individual words like can, they, one etc. But when we use the text prefix, we restrict the search strictly to the sentence in question or atleast a significant phrase from it. That’s the difference. :)

Mrdavidhsmith

that didn’t work for me.. it searched for both the word [text] and the words in the inverted commas.
just searching for the sentence in the inverted commas gave the result i was after- ie only those sites with that exact sentence.

Mrdavidhsmith

Sorry, I’m just not seeing it. With the ‘text’ prefix, it returns fewer results, as it only finds those pages with the quote AND the word ‘text’ (somewhere else on the page). Without the ‘text’ prefix, it returns more results, as it is only those pages with the exact quote- which is what I’d be after.

Aibek

I am puzzled as well. Mohan could you please explain the reason behind adding text in the query.

mohanramkumar

@Hans, JK III and Aibek, we the text prefix to get precise results. Now let us select a line from this post and search in Google without quotes. We get about 72,900 results as shown in the screenshot.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-co

Let us search the same sentence with the text prefix and we get just 8 results that are precise or close enough to be precise as shown in the screencap below.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-co

Now when searching without quotes, Google a couple of straight fits and just starts to search individual words like can, they, one etc. But when we use the text prefix, we restrict the search strictly to the sentence in question or atleast a significant phrase from it. That’s the difference. :)

Siva

Yup.. i check my blog.
It tried to check for Plagiarism for only the word “information” ..

mohanramkumar

@Hans, JK III and Aibek, we the text prefix to get precise results. Now let us select a line from this post and search in Google without quotes. We get about 72,900 results as shown in the screenshot.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-co

Let us search the same sentence with the text prefix and we get just 8 results that are precise or close enough to be precise as shown in the screencap below.

http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-co

Now when searching without quotes, Google a couple of straight fits and just starts to search individual words like can, they, one etc. But when we use the text prefix, we restrict the search strictly to the sentence in question or atleast a significant phrase from it. That’s the difference. :)

Mrdavidhsmith

that didn’t work for me.. it searched for both the word [text] and the words in the inverted commas.
just searching for the sentence in the inverted commas gave the result i was after- ie only those sites with that exact sentence.

Siva

I mean ,i checked my blog by entering my url and it got the result for the word “information” :@
yesterday i replied from my bed…sry for bad english ..

mohanramkumar

I searched again for the first line of this article and have attached the screenshots. Here is the one with a text prefix and content in quotes.
http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-co

Here are the results with just the content in quotes.
http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-co

You are just seeing the first result saying it works. As you can see, when searching without the text prefix Google missed a number of websites that have posted this very same article illegally word for word.

Passing thru

@ mohanramkumar
Excuse me, what do you mean by “TEXT prefix” in Google?

The only difference between searching for ‘text “whatever”‘ and searching for “whatever” is that the result set brought by the first query includes the word text.

I am sorry but your comment makes no sense to me.

Passing thru

@ mohanramkumar
Excuse me, what do you mean by “TEXT prefix” in Google?

The only difference between searching for ‘text “whatever”‘ and searching for “whatever” is that the result set brought by the first query includes the word text.

I am sorry but your comment makes no sense to me.

Kathleen Tipton

Great resources…thank you for sharing. I’ve been blogging professionally for many years now, and I do worry about my articles being used without my permission. I’ve been using Dupli Checker for a while with mixed results, but I recently stumbled on a new plagiarism checker which I find quite good but it’s limited to one scan every 3 days, but I haven’t yet tried their premium service. Has anyone tried http://www.academicplagiarism.com ? I’m talking about the premium version.

Kathleen Tipton

Great resources…thank you for sharing. I’ve been blogging professionally for many years now, and I do worry about my articles being used without my permission. I’ve been using Dupli Checker for a while with mixed results, but I recently stumbled on a new plagiarism checker which I find quite good but it’s limited to one scan every 3 days, but I haven’t yet tried their premium service. Has anyone tried http://www.academicplagiarism.com ? I’m talking about the premium version.