Plagiarism Checker, Article Rewriter, etc.: The tools to avoid at all costs

 ‘The plagiarism should not be more than 10%.’

We have read this mandatory instruction before submitting every research paper.

We usually Google, ‘Free plagiarism Checker’ followed by a check and we submit our research papers with a hope that we have adhered to the instructions.

Guess what?

You haven’t.

You might use a free article re-writing tool to do paraphrasing.

Will this help the purpose?

No!

Here we would like to bust some myths about using these free plagiarism checkers and why you should avoid them at all the costs.

  • Plagiarism checker does not detect plagiarism; it merely highlights duplicated text. Though some tools might ignore cited text and quoted content, most tools only find passages that were first used elsewhere and highlight them. This copying might not always be plagiarism because the duplicated text might be cited, common phrasing, or sometimes just long names of institutions.
  • Apart from marking non-plagiarised material as plagiarised, these tools may on the other hand, fail to find plagiarism where there actually is. This might happen due to spelling errors or where the original content is not available with the software. It might also happen if the material is taken from multiple sources.
  • Free plagiarism checkers are not ideal for professional use. They have small databases and are less accurate.
  • Using online plagiarism checkers create the risk of the content being stored on the platform, which can then be mismanaged, re-written, sub-licensed for a fee of stolen.
  • Instead, try copy-pasting random fragments of sentences you want to check into a search engine.

The reason why Institutes offer expensive plagiarism checkers such as Turnitin is to help their students get the best of opportunities and ensure that they remain authentic in their essence.

Article re-writing tools are designed to rewrite existing articles to make it unique. These tools produce low-quality results and should be avoided.

  • Article Rewriters produce low quality content which is often incomprehensible. It merely substitutes synonyms for each word of the sentence which mostly sounds utterly incorrect or just plain weird. Further, such low-quality articles do not hold the reader’s attention for long.
  • Since the accuracy, viability, or reliability of the tool cannot be relied upon, a considerable amount of time is spent in proof reading suggesteing re-writes to make sure they make sense. A similar amount could be better invested to rewrite an article from scratch yourself.
  • These tools do not remove plagiarism most of the time. The similarity score is still too high for search engines to treat the content as unique. The content thus doesn’t pass the plagiarism test, and the re-writing ends up being a waste of time.

We as students are more inclined towards using the easiest and cheapest source available for conducting a plagiarism test. Such softwares do not ease out the risk you are taking but sometimes unknowingly you might use the content which is curated by someone else.

We hope that now you will take necessary precautions and will avoid these softwares. Use only authentic software suggested by your Institute.