Saturday, September 17, 2005

Plagiarise, plagiarise... help spread the lies, plagiarise

Via The Blog Herald this free tool to check for cases of plagiarism...
I know some teachers out there are quite concerned about the possibility of their students spreading the lies, so this tool might help... CopyScape:
Copyscape is dedicated to defending your rights online, helping you fight against online plagiarism and content theft. Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you.


Jonathan said...


Personally, I don't think Copyscape is all that great. I wrote an article on my site about it a few months ago.

Basically, even the paid version of it can't do anything that Google Alerts can't do for free. They even use the same database so GA is probably a lot quicker.

That's just my two cents, I have no real problem with the service, other than the ten item limit on the free version, but it's just not necessary in my book.

Regardless, thanks for helping to take a stand on plagiarism. As a guy who's dealt with over 200 incidents of it, it's nice to see others out there taking up the fight a bit.

Thank you again for your post.

Leigh Blackall said...

Thanks for the comment Jonathan, your suggestions are great. I use google alerts too and find it quite useful, though I only do it for single word results - have never tried using it to alert whole sentences...
Technorati also has a useful service in which you can track words, titles, or tag words.

Jonathan said...

GA can do any search google can do. So you can do quoted searches of up to ten words. It's usually not hard to find a unique string of ten words a post, poem or essay.

Technorati really is a powerful tool for searching for plagiarism. It's greatly understated how powerful it is. I don't use it to track my poems, too many and GA covers the same ground, but I read every post that has the word "plagiarism" in it and, believe me, if one of my posts is stolen I'll know.

I think that's how most plagiarism is discovered in the blogging era. Just a hunch.

Anyway, glad that you found the suggestions useful. Hope that you're doing well!

Let me know if I can be of service in the future.