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Plagiarism Checkers

"Plagiarism checkers are software that can be used to cross-check text for duplicated content (this may include quoted material, paraphrased material, similarities in wording, etc.). These tools help to ensure that writing is original and correctly cited". (Jennifer Harris, 2020)

The following are some examples of plagiarism checkers:

  • Grammarly Plagiarism Checker - free service for Florida Tech constituents. It highlights your grammar and spelling errors and offers suggestions for improving sentence structure, word choice, and style for all kinds of documents. Also, it helps prevent plagiarism by checking against a database of over 8 billion web pages.
  • Duplichecker -  free online tool to detect copied content from the web   
  • Quetext - useful to check for plagiarism against web sources and online books

What is Plagiarism?


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Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else’s work, words, or ideas as your own. It is also called a lack of academic integrity, academic dishonesty, academic fraud, intellectual theft, and cheating.

More detailed definitions: 

Florida Tech's “Simply put, plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property belonging to another.  It includes the theft of unwritten ideas and concepts as well as the theft of written texts, notes, computer programs, designs, and visual materials" (Jones 4).

From:  Academic Integrity & Academic Dishonesty: A Handbook About Cheating & Plagiarism - Handbook for Florida Tech students. Authored by Florida Tech's Professor Lars Jones, this handbook provides definitions and discussions of the most common types of academic dishonesty, with a focus on plagiarism.

WPA's "In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source. This definition applies to texts published in print or on-line, to manuscripts, and the work of other student writers" (WPA).

From: Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism:  The WPA Statement on Best Practices.

Plagiarism Mistakes: How to Avoid Them (Infographic)

Plagiarism Mistakes & How to Avoid Them (Infographic)
Source: by Jennifer Frost, (2017).

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