They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but imitation that goes too far starts to tread on legal gray areas. There’s no problem with being inspired by other writers, but it does become a problem when you “borrow” too much without proper attribution to the original author. That’s plagiarism.
CheckForPlagiarism.net offers a relatively affordable service that will help you combat both intentional and unintentional plagiarism. This review will take a look at the kinds of reports you should expect to receive from Check For Plagiarism and how much they cost.
Why Check for Plagiarism?
The primary focus for this plagiarism checking service is naturally in the area of academia. There are a lot of students out there who have a tough time putting together those essays and term papers, and they may feel inclined to take the easy way out. Furthermore, there are honest students who may unintentionally plagiarize a previously published work. They don’t want to “get caught” for something that they didn’t mean to do in the first place.
Check for Plagiarism claims that its service is superior compared to other plagiarism checking services. By and large, the service is completely automated and run by a machine. You feed in the document — it’ll take everything from MS Word and WordPerfect to PDF and HTML — and it spits out the report a few hours later. It’ll check your document against live and cached Internet sources, offline books and magazines, and academic journals. The patented synonym and sentence structure tool checks “to root out even the most subtle attempts at plagiarism.” It can also work with multiple languages.
What’s Included in the Report?
The plagiarism report is comprised of two main sections. The first section cross-references the provided document with the database of external sources. You can see how similar the document is overall with all other sources, as well as how similar it is against each individual source. These are both shown in the form of a percentage.
Generally speaking, universities and colleges will not tolerate essays that contain more than 5% plagiarism. They will accept up to five percent, because you are able to cite other works and it is inevitable that you may use some phrases that are similar to previously submitted works. In the example above, the person is clearly cheating. More than half of that paper has been plagiarized.
The second half of the plagiarism report goes through the submitted work line by line, word by word. This is actually quite powerful. The plagiarized sections are highlighted and the number next to these sections indicate from which source the original material was taken. These numbers refer to the first section of the report, of course.
Pricing Plans and Payment
There are a total of four pricing plans from CheckForPlagiarism.net. The idea is that they are able to offer everything from super affordable packages right up to support for large institutions.
The Student Package is $20 and allows you to submit up to five documents. Each time you submit a revised document, this counts against your total allotment. From what I can gather, there is no expiry date on these five submissions, so you can use one today and not use another for months.
If you plan on checking for plagiarism on many documents, it may be worth your while to consider the monthly or yearly package. They say that both of these offer unlimited document submissions, but you are limited to a maximum of 10 documents per 24-hour period. In this way, you have an approximate theoretical monthly limit of 300 documents, assuming that you submit them on a consistent basis.
Turnaround time for the Student and Monthly packages are at a maximum of 12 hours, whereas Yearly package subscribers have a document turnaround time of under four hours. Colleges, universities, and other institutions may want to inquire about customized accounts to suit their specific needs.