If you are in the slightest way connected to writing (academic, commercial, etc.), you have probably heard about plagiarism (and you probably are if you are reading this text). The problem of plagiarism has many faces: from cheating students copying whole paragraphs of text on the internet to not deliberate usage of common phrases and expressions.
Even if you are an expert in some topic, you cannot know everything written in the field. As a result, you may use other authors’ phrases inadvertently, without any intention to do so.
If you are writing about some popular and widely discussed topic, chances are that you will use the words already used by other authors. It may happen even if you have never seen the original work. Still, in some way it may be considered as using other people’s work without giving it proper attribution.
So, if you are blog or website owner, here is the new rule for you: every time you get a text from a writer, check it for plagiarism. It does not take a lot of time, it is easy, and it helps you avoid many problems in the future.
Here are 6 great services to check your blog posts for plagiarism:
Copyscape is one of the oldest and the simplest plagiarism checkers. Here you can insert articles you want to check, as well as URLs which is often more convenient. The service charges 5 cents per check.
This one was created for professional content writers: bloggers, journalists, etc. There’s free trial period, of course. After that, the service charges 5 cents per check.
ArticleChecker has a great advantage comparing to the previous two — it is free. The service is very simple to use. It gives you the option whether to use Google or Yahoo. The minus is that it sometimes misses similarities.
Noplag.com is one of the recently released plagiarism checker services. It provides search for academic, commercial and other purposes. Actually, it is one of the most advanced examples of plagiarism software offering different modes of access and pricing options. The advantage is that it offers 10 check for free. You can check your paper for plagiarism and see how it works.
Plagiarisma’s great advantage is that it supports almost two hundred languages. The tool works both with Google and Yahoo, and allows unloading files in different formats. If you use the free version, each search will have the limitation of 5,000 characters.
Duplichecker allows conducting three checks a day without registration. To get unlimited access you have to go through the registration process. The search results are rather thorough.
How to make sure that your content writers will not cheat
Using plagiarism checkers is a good way to ensure that your content writers are honest with you and their texts are of high quality. Also, there are some other things you can do.
One of such things is checking writer’s qualifications, as they should have some prior experience of writing for websites. Try checking your writers’ references, it is a good way to make sure that they will stick to high standards in their work. Also, while interviewing them, ask as many questions as possible about their experience and ask for portfolio.
Another thing is providing clear plagiarism policy for the authors writing for your website. In the document, explain what is plagiarism, how you are going to check for plagiarism, and what the consequences of plagiarism will be.
Anyway, for your website, make sure that the content you get from your authors is of high quality and non-plagiarized. On the web, original and interesting content matters.