Plagiarism means copying others articles and publishing them as your own. Plagiarism is not a good practice, but it’s heavily practiced by everyone simply because it saves time. Content plagiarism is found at blogs, forums, question and answer sites, blog comments, etc. Even some official documents, school and college projects by students are plagiarized. Finding plagiarized content has become difficult due to advanced tactics used by plagiarizers. Some plagiarizers jumble the content, replace a few words with synonyms, move paragraphs and present the content as their own.
Content plagiarism hurts the honest and innocent! Sometimes plagiarized articles rank on top of Google and as a result honest webmasters are left behind. The same applies at other places like forums and other places.
Here are a few free plagiarism scanner tools you should make use to keep plagiarized content at bay. These free plagiarism scanner applications scan your article / document, try matching it with articles on other websites either using Google or other search engines, compare the data and let you know the result if the content is plagiarized or not.
Free Plagiarism Scanner
It’s simply the best free plagiarism scanner available! It allows you to paste text, compare it with other web pages. It allows you to select the search engine you want to make use to compare your pasted text. Plagiarisma currently supports Google, Bing and Yahoo. It allows you to check a web page for plagiarized content. You can even upload a document and scan it for plagiarized content. It currently supports the following extensions: TXT, HTML, RTF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, PDF. It even boasts of a few advanced plagiarism checking options like scanning books, checking for spun content, etc. You can try them out for free too!
Dust Ball allows you to scan documents, papers, text to find out plagiarized content. Dust Ball is especially made for school teachers and faculty to find out duplicate projects, essays, stories, poems and homework, but it works fine for webmasters (bloggers, techies, etc.) as well. You can simply copy and paste the content and scan for duplicates or you can upload a document and get it scanned. Copy / Paste is a free feature while the latter one is available only to premium members. I don’t think you should pay just for uploading your document and get it scanned. You can instead copy and paste the content from the word document.
Article Checker is another free plagiarism scanner working on the same principle and concept as Dust Ball. Article Checker has a few unique features which allow you to check a website, a web page for plagiarized content, compare web pages, compare a web page and your desired text, etc. You can use Article Checker to find duplicates of your blog on the WWW. Unlike Dust Ball, Article Checker doesn’t have a premium membership option and thus you can call it a completely free plagiarism scanner.
While the above plagiarism scanners allowed you to paste text and compare text, Copyright Spot doesn’t. Copyright Spot made especially for webmasters interested in finding out the blogs copying their content. Copyright Spot has a clean interface and you just have to enter your blog / website URL to get started. In case you decide to use Copyright Spot, make sure that you enter your blog feed URL instead if your blog URL. Both of them work well and will help you find plagiarized content, but checking a feed for plagiarized content works better as it leaves out the other parts of your blog which may contain the same content as other pages on your blog. It’s one of the best free plagiarism scanners for webmasters.
These 4 tools are among the few free plagiarism scanners I use.
Best Free Plagiarism Scanner: My favorite is Plagiarisma because it offers more features than any other tools mentioned in this post.
For better results you can make use of premium plagiarism scanners like CopyScape, etc. They are known to detect copied content better.
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Last Updated: May 20, 2013