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Plagiarism – where can I check my students’ papers?

women deskI experimented with 11 of the most popular plagiarism websites as well as Google and Bing. I used one sentence (or partial sentence) from three different peer reviewed articles (on ecology, physics, and colonial psychiatry) and one sentence from a blog (Natural History Museum, London) in each of these plagiarism tracking sites. The results of the experiment can be found at the bottom of this paper. My recommendations are based on price and effectiveness. None of the options I tested found all three of the peer-reviewed articles I used.

Recommendations -

This is free and 2 of the 3 peer reviewed articles were found as well as the blog.

This is free, and although it only found one of the peer reviewed articles, it gave the citation information for the article and suggested several articles the other two sentences I tested were very similar to, as well as the citations for those articles. The same for the blog – it didn’t find the specific one I stole from, but offered suggestions for sites that were similar and gave me their citation information.

Sites tested:

    • Free
    • Peer reviewed articles – Found 1 of the three example 
    • Blog – Found
    •  Free
    • Peer reviewed articles – Did not find any of the three examples
    • Blog – Did not find the example I used
    • Free – lots of ads
    • Peer reviewed articles – Found two of the three examples I used from journals
    • Blog – Found the example I used
    • Free – notice that the new version was experiencing technical difficulties and was directed to an older version.
    • Peer reviewed articles – Found one example and even gave a citation for the source, suggested the other two examples were similar to several articles and gave me the citations for the articles and the sections my sentence was similar to.
    • Blog – Did not find this blog, but suggested my sentence was very similar to other sources and gave me the citations for those sources.
    • Free
    • Peer reviewed articles – I was told this program could only check large blocks of text. When I added several sentences I still kept getting an error message.
    • Blog – I got an error message.
    • Free, however sends report to your email. To get instant results you need to sign up for the advanced version, which you have to purchase.
    • Free, lots of ads.
    • Peer reviewed articles – did not find any of the three examples.
    • Blog – did not find the example
    • Free, but you have to register
    • Cost per paper, includes grammar check
    • Free 7 day trial, one free check before you sign up for the trial
    • Peer reviewed articles – it found the one example I was able to input
    • Free, can also get a free 7 day trial that will give you more information
    • Peer reviewed articles – Found 1 of the 3 examples
    • Blog – Not found
    • You can submit 4 sentences for FREE per week as an unregistered user, and if you would like more you can purchase a package, 1 DupeOff point = 0.001$ (0.01 cent).
    • You have to sign up and then the results of the check are emailed to you.

Information I searched for:

Article 1: Positioning Powell against this backdrop of the train crossing the western landscape,

Article 2: The physicists, however, in their ignorance of dialectics, had erroneously identified mechanism with materialism in general.

Article 3: In essence, this argument is a reintegration of a colonial medical phenomenon back into the history of psychiatry.

Blog (Natural History Museum, London): A seed was sown in Wallace’s mind after reading William Henry Edward’s book A Voyage up the River Amazon.