Copyscape — Anti-Plagiarism

Posted on January 12, 2011

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If you are concerned whether your article will pass inspection, you can always use Copyscape before you submit it. It is the tool most content producing companies use to check for plagiarism. Demand Studios uses it and so do most others.

Copyscape “provides a free service that lets you easily search for plagiarism online and identify instances of content theft. Simply type in the URL of your original content, and Copyscape does the rest.” I tried the company’s free service and it does appear to work.

It costs a measly $.05 for each Premium Search of up to a maximum of 2,000 words, but you have to buy a minimum of 200 searches. That equals $10.00 out-of-pocket for 200 article checks web-wide. I think it’s worth it if you think you might have a problem.

There is always a chance someone else is publishing your premium article as their own. I’ve had that happen to me several times. With that in mind, Copyscape also offers Copysentry that continues to monitor the web for copies of your article. The service notifies you if it finds your article published somewhere else on the web. At least, that’s the way I understand it to work.

I am not sure what the difference is between the free and premium services, but you can bet there is some limitation. I think one limitation is that you can only search one time on the article that you suspect is plagiarized.

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