Support & Frequently Asked Questions

What is plagiarism?

What is plagiarism?

  • Is it actually possible to steal words or ideas?

    If you consult with the US law, the answer is yes. In many countries, and not just in the United States, expressing original concepts and ideas already constitutes intellectual property. It is thus protected by copyright laws, in the same way as original creations and inventions.

    All forms of expression may be protected under copyright, as long as these materials are recorded accordingly, whether in books or computer files.

  • If I get a 15% plagiarism score on my submitted text, is that considered good or bad?

    Please carefully investigate a PlagiarismSearch report. Up to 10% of direct quotes are allowed by modern educational establishments, but it depends on the college/university you study in. However, all direct quotes should be properly formatted (taken in quotation marks). Therefore, please carefully check if you properly cited all sentences or left some poorly paraphrased parts that should be rewritten.

General Inquiries

  • Is PlagiarismSearch really able to identify plagiarism?

    PlagiarismSearch.com provides an accurate plagiarism analysis of the scanned text. Your paper will be compared to billions of web pages and sources from various databases. The plagiarized parts will be marked with different colors. Please check these sentences to see if they contain a reference to the source, if you want to eliminate possible plagiarism charges from your educator.

  • Will my paper be saved at any databases by PlagiarismSearch?

    No. Your paper will not be added to any databases by PlagiarismSearch.

  • How can I be sure that you are not going to use the texts I have submitted for checking?

    Our rules and policies are very strict regarding your rights. You can go through them carefully, so that every aspect will be clear to you.

  • Does PlagiarismSearch.com scan every written or printed text submitted?

    Although PlagiarismSearch.com checks through a considerable number of written materials, it is impossible to check each and every document that has been written, printed, or published. Some books which have not been converted to digital format cannot be included in the in digital database of PlagiarismSearch.

  • Is PlagiarismSearch dependable when it comes to accuracy?

    In terms of accuracy and precision in plagiarism analysis reports, PlagiarismSearch demonstrates its dependence. This tool uses the latest sophisticated software and technologies to make a comparison of the required content against numerous web pages and additional sources from a variety of databases. Thus, there is a minor likelihood of inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the plagiarism reports, but we keep upgrading the tool.

  • Is it safe to use PlagiarismSearch for business purposes?

    We keep working on the technological advancements in PlagiarismSearch to improve the efficiency of our online tool for plagiarism check. Moreover, we ensure access of the tool to robust databases, taking the privacy issues very seriously. All of the content of personal databases is kept confidential and secure since PlagiarismSearch uses the encrypted connection SSL. You can upload the file you need by clicking on the option “add new.” Scanning starts when all the required documents are added. 

General Inquiries
How it works?

How it works?

  • What are the procedures in submitting a paper?

    You can scan up to 150 words for free on a daily basis. Registered users can check up to 300 words daily. However, to get access to the unlimited number of scans, you should choose a suitable package from the pricing list. Click on “Buy now” to purchase access. After that, you can scan your documents by clicking “Plagiarism Check” in the top header.

  • How long does it take for the results to be displayed?

    The analysis performed by PlagiarismSearch.com involves comparison of your text to billions of web pages. If your text is rather short (several hundred words), the check may take approximately 1 minute. Long papers require a bigger timeframe for scanning (5-10 minutes).

  • How do I know that my results are already available?

    If you have already submitted a paper, you will see a status “processing” until final results are displayed on the screen. You will see a total plagiarism percentage afterwards. You can view sources with similar text, download report, view it in a PDF extension, etc.

  • How do I view the results?

    The results will become automatically available after comparing the text with billions of web pages.

  • What if I need to submit another paper?

    If you have already reached your daily free limit, you will need to buy paper credits to scan more papers. Please check our “Prices” for more details. If you are interested in any service package, click “Buy Now” button and you will be redirected to the payment page.

  • How many words can be checked per one submission?

    If your text consists of more than 1000 words, you need 2 or more submissions.

    text length (amount of words) quantity of submissions
    up to 1000 1
    1001-2000 2
    2001-3000 3
    3001-4000 4
    4001-5000 5
    5001-6000 6
    6001-7000 7
    7001-8000 8
    8001-9000 9
    9001-10000 10

    Unlimited submission package allows you check as many documents as you need throughout the whole month or year.

  • What file formats are accepted?

    You can upload your text in all major file extensions (.doc, .docx., pdf., etc.). If you encounter any difficulty, please copy-paste the text into the window.

  • Does PlagiarismSearch detect paraphrased content?

    PlagiarismSearch can efficiently detect copy-pasted content, but in certain cases it can trace not only identical part but also paraphrased ideas. Manipulation of paraphrased content can be done in a variety of ways, and the final variant will have no similarities with the wording of the original content. Thus, the text to check will be complicated to catch by our tool algorithms. If that is the case, we do not demonstrate any results of paraphrasing to prevent misguiding the users or having false positives. We keep updating the algorithms of our tool to ensure that the percentage of detected similarities is getting higher.  

  • How can I blacklist or whitelist URLs?

    The users can blacklist the required URLs by auto exclusion

    PlagiarismSearch looks for plagiarized parts via detecting similarities between the inserted text and selected web pages; however, the percentage in the final report will not cover the similarity score from the blacklisted URLs.

    It is also possible for the users to whitelist URLs

    You can add particular URLs to the PlagiarismSearch whitelist and scan the text with a plagiarism checker with no checking against the chosen web pages. Whitelisting of URLs implies that plagiarism check will be done disregarding all similarities on those URLs, if any. 

  • What do different colors mean in my plagiarism report?

    A plagiarism report in the pdf format or a Google Docs add-on has a specific visual representation with words and sentences highlighted in different colors. A report on a plagiarism-free document has no highlights. However, if there is at least some minor plagiarism, it will be highlighted in the similarity report with a particular color.

    The text highlighted in green

    The text in green color means that the document contains approximately 15% of plagiarized content. The result is obtained via comparison of the required sentences with the web resources.   

    The text highlighted in yellow

    The text in yellow color means that the document contains approximately 30 - 50 % of plagiarized content. Even if there are 65% of secondary similarities, the text may be yellow provided that the initial coincidence does not exceed 50%.

    The text highlighted in red

    The text in red color means that the document contains more than 75 % of plagiarized content. It is the highest plagiarism percentage in specific sentences which greatly affects the overall similarity score in the document.

    The text highlighted in blue

    Blue shades are not related to plagiarism in the document. Instead, they highlight the used bibliography or references.

    The text highlighted in purple

    Purple shades show in-text citations. Formatted properly, they do not change the plagiarism percentage. 

  • How to use right direction of the text in my plagiarism reports?

    It is easy to change the settings for plagiarism reports (both PDF and HTML) via switching the direction in the option: Use right direction of the text. The users can opt for either right-to-left or left-to-right scripts. 

For universities

  • Will my instructors be able to have access to my Originality Report?

    No. Since you have your own personal account and it is not available to anyone, your instructors will not be able to view or scan your originality report. However, the report can easily be printed, so that you can show it to your instructors.

  • Are the services from PlagiarismSearch.com for students only?

    No, the services provided by PlagiarismSearch.com are not only for students, but also educational and non-educational organizations.

  • Will my professors ever find out that I have used your plagiarism detection services?

    Well, unless you tell your professor directly, there is no way for him/her to find out that you have used our plagiarism checking service. At PlagiarismSearch.com, your privacy and confidentiality are highly important; your personal information won’t be disclosed to anyone.

  • Does PlagiarismSearch integrate to different learning management systems?

    At the moment, PlagirismSearch integrates to the most common learning management system, Moodle. In the future, our team plans on integrating plagiarism checker for both Canvas and Blackboard LMS.

  • How to install PlagiarismSearch to our LMS?

     

    Our team of developers is responsible for API integration to the learning system. This process is painless and takes up to the 24h. In case you have any technical problems contact our support that is always available to you (support@plagiarismsearch.com).

    In most cases, an organization’s IT experts are responsible for installing and integrating the plagiarism detection plugin with their own learning systems. This is a painless process that can be done in less than 24 hours. In the event you run into any technical difficulties, you are welcome to get in touch with our support team since we are always available to help. Just use the email support@plagiarismsearch.com and drop us a line.

  • What formats are accepted in PlagiarismSearch?

    PlagiarismSeach supports all text formats, including doc, docx, txt, RTF, PDF, xls, xlsx, html, epub, xml, odt, org etc. So, you have an array of choices regarding which format to upload especially when you are short in time.

  • Is it possible to add our database of students’ works to your system?

    Certainly, if you purchased our corporate package you will have the facility to add a repository for your own students’ work. You can get details of this package by sending an inquiry to our Sales and Communications team – services@plagiarismsearch.com

  • We would like to create and maintain an organization-specific repository separate from other colleges and universities. Is this possible?

    Customer privacy is an extremely high priority at PlagiarismSearch. It is only those institutions and customers who purchase private repositories that will be able to avail of such facilities. This includes both professors and students. Our company can, of course, take no responsibility in the event a customer loses or discloses their password or other login information. If it is the case you want to add other colleges or universities to your private repository, you may do so by getting in touch with our Sales and Communications team for specific information on this process (services@plagiarismsearch.com).

  • Does your service check for self-plagiarism?

    The answer is yes. Our systems accommodates the detection of self-plagiarism integrated with your own or institution’s LMS (currently this means Moodle). This allows student texts to be stored in your database with other papers scanned against them to allow instances of self-plagiarism to be detected. You can also exclude student ID n case the paper should not be scanned for a particular student though his/hers database.

  • Does your system exclude references and citations from plagiarism detection results?

    Certainly, there is a method for excluding references and citations from overall plagiarism scores. There are buttons labelled “Exclude References” and “Exclude Citations” beneath the text box, which you should click on prior to starting a plagiarism test. Consequently, our system will check for instances of plagiarism but exclude citations and literary references from the end results.

  • Does your system support other languages and how many does it support?

    Currently, PlagiarismSearch is capable of supporting in the region of 150 different languages, including both Cyrillic and Latin scripts. But please note our system does not support languages from the East Asia region.

For universities
Paper Analysis Service

Paper Analysis Service

  • What You Can Get from Analysis Service?

    Writing check. This assumes checking your paper for grammatical, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, as well as the organization of ideas, consistency, and citations. You will also get efficient comments on how to improve your writing skills. The comments will reveal holistic perspectives of your writing competence helping you find your own style.

    An approximate grade. Your text will be assessed based on the common standards existing in academic writing. The decision will be taken after the thorough check of your grammar, organization of ideas, writing style, content, structure, etc. In our work, we use all the standardized rubrics used by teachers, which is a guarantee of the maximally accurate result. If you are a professional writer, our service will provide you with the objective assessment of your writing skills helping you find out the aspects that still need improvement.

  • Why Should You Rely on an Analysis Service?

    First of all, you will be certain that your writing will be checked by a proficient and seasoned editor, who will not only help you fix your mistakes but also will help you understand what aspects of your writing require improvement. Having such experience, you will be able to boost your writing talent coping with more sophisticated writing projects. Our service is not only about fixing mechanical mistakes but about guiding you through the world of academic writing and teaching you about the current trends and tendencies in this area.

    Besides, you will be able to know the grade for your paper you will probably receive from your teacher. This option is very helpful for the students taking care of their academic performance.

    Having an expert’s opinion about your writing, which is more credible than the reviews of your classmates, you will shift your writing proficiency on a higher level.

  • How long will it take to get my paper analyzed?

    We have set reasonable deadlines to provide our customers with high-quality services. As such, it takes us 24 hours to handle the most urgent tasks. Besides, we have up to 11-day delivery options.

  • How and when should I pay for my writing analysis?

    The customer may pay with the debit or credit card, as well as online payment systems. When the analysis is done, the money will be transferred to the expert working on it. If the user decides to cancel the order, he or she may do it only before the last section of the analysis is completed.

  • Will my text be used by the company after I receive an analysis?

    Surely not because we respect all our customers and their rights.

  • If I am not satisfied with the quality of analysis provided, what should I do?

    If you do not like the quality of analysis you received, you can ask for a more thorough analysis and we will do everything possible to provide you with a better analysis for free within the first 48 hours after the order delivery. The request for revision can be sent only when the final paper is uploaded.

Grammar, style, and spell checker FAQ

  • How can I upload files to Grammar, Style, and Spell Checker?

    You can either make use of an option that allows you to browse your computer and upload the required files or simply drag and drop the file you need. You can also take the file from OneDrive, URL, or Dropbox. Make sure that the file is of a supported type: .docx, .doc, .xls, .xlsx, .odt, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .xml, .epub, .html, or .org. We bring to your notice that you can check your text for grammar and spelling mistakes if its size does not exceed 24 MB. If for some reason your file is not accepted, you can simply do the copy-paste of the text into a window below.

  • Why is it important to choose the language when checking the text for Spelling and Grammar mistakes?

    To make sure that the system recognizes the language correctly and highlights all the mistakes and omissions in grammar and spelling, we recommend choosing the language you need before the check starts. Click on “Free Check” only after you have found the needed language in the menu “Detect language” below the window for inserting the text for checking.

  • What is the difference between “Free Check” and “Order Analysis” options?

    You can enjoy the benefits of checking your text for mistakes in style, grammar, and spelling absolutely for free. You get all the mistakes highlighted in red color and accompanied with the most common recommendations on how they can be corrected. However, if you need a detailed analysis of your text and guidelines from an expert, it will not be enough for you to make use of the option “Free Check.” In that case, we would recommend you to try the option of paid service, clicking on the red button “Order Analysis.” A qualified editor will make professional analysis of your document and make your sentences more concise and accurate, choose more appropriate vocabulary, and establish the proper level of formality to your writing. You will get valuable suggestions for your grammar, spelling, and stylistic issues from an expert, not from the automatic checker. Moreover, the editor will check your document for consistency, in-text citations, and arrangement of ideas.

  • How can I correct the highlighted mistakes?

    All mistakes are clearly seen as they are highlighted in color. You point to the highlighted text and choose among the suggestions to incorporate the option you have chosen into your document. You can ignore the suggestion if you believe it is not suitable for this particular text or your writing style. You can make corrections at once to initiate a second grammar, style, and spelling check right after you have made the changes.

Grammar, style, and spell checker FAQ
Readability score checker FAQ

Readability score checker FAQ

  • What is readability?

    In brief, the level of readability shows how easy or complicated it is to comprehend the text in writing. It is actually the score given for the quality of writing. Communicating a certain message without any sensory signals or clues of the body language, the writer hopes to make the ideas clear for the readers and avoid misunderstandings. It is essential to take into account all the elements that determine the level of readability: the word choice, sentence structure, length of sentences and paragraphs, and even the average number of syllables in a word. Processing of the provided information is much easier provided that the readability is high.

     

  • Why should I check readability of the text?

    You definitely want your readers find the written text easy and understandable. However, you need a certain measurement to know whether your language needs improvements.

    Checking readability, you will have special metrics for calculating the score and introducing changes if needed to match what you have written with your target audience. Depending on the level of readability, you can make your text suitable for the students, professionals in a particular sphere, or business.

  • How does readability checker work?

    Our readability checker assesses the uploaded files or copy-pasted texts with the help of a Flesch Grade Level formula. Our tool uses a special Flesch Kincaid Calculator to specify the readability score of the created content and also determine whether there are any flaws in your completed work. It counts the words, sentences, syllables, and characters in the provided text, analyzes them and connects them to the Flesch Kincaid Grade Level formula.

    It is valuable for the writers not only to know a general readability score of the text, but also to get professional guidance on how it can be improved and adjusted for the target readers. The checker will highlight excessively complex or vague sentences that may confuse the audience. It will also let you know whether there is any wordiness, excessive use of passive sentences, tautological structures, redundant terminology, and other issues.

  • How can I upload files to a Readability score checker?

    Drag and drop the needed file, simply attach it, or use the options of inserting it from Dropbox, OneDrive, and by URL. Double check whether the type of the file is supported by the software:

    Microsoft Word (.docx, .doc), OpenOffice (.odt), Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx), Adobe (.pdf), Rich text (.rtf), Plain text (.txt), Extensible Markup Language (.xml), data file (.org), e-book (.epub), HyperText Markup Language (.html), and other. The maximum file size for checking is 24 MB. In some cases, it is easier to copy and paste the text for readability checking into a corresponding wondow.

  • How can I interpret the readability score?

    The customers can make use of two options that our Readability Score provides. A free check gives an easy and fast measurement of the level with no further explanations or guidance on how to improve the text and make it suitable for particular readers.

    As the Flesch reading ease test forms the analysis, the tool generates a readability score in the range from 0 to 100. This numerical score will help you understand how complex your document is. The lower the score, the more complicated it is to read your text.

    The score from 0 to 10 means that only single-discipline experts can gain an insight into the content of this writing. It requires the audience highly competent in this particular sphere and it will be extremely ambiguous for common readers. On the other hand, the score from 90 to 100 means that even the readers from elementary school will understand the text.

    In most cases, it is recommendable to adjust writing to the score of minimum 60. In that case, the text will be understandable for most of the people, even if they have got only the eight-grade education. That is approximately the level of understanding suitable for a 13-year-old. Still, it does not mean that the text will sound bog-standard. Instead, it implies that the readers will not have to spend too much energy to understand your arguments.

    Our Readability Score Checker offers an additional option of advanced checking with further interpretation and recommendations concerning possible improvements in readability of a particular text. The customers get access to this option, paying for the package of services.

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  • How can you compare your services with other plagiarism checking services?

    Although the free plagiarism detection solution can be a bit inaccurate at times, it is still highly useful for many people. However, the advanced plagiarism detection service is far more superior to other detection systems due to its sophisticated multi-layer technology and SMART scanning features.

  • What is a personal storage?

    PlagiarismSearch offers an internal database with the documents submitted and stored for comparing against new texts to check. In addition, users can create their personal storage for saving particular documents which they will later on compare against new content. Any document submitted to a personal internal database can be deleted by contacting customer support. 

  • Can I use PlagiarismSearch on my phone?

    We continuously work on the improvement of the provided services and quality of plagiarism detection, and we understand that our users find it more convenient to use their phones instead of laptops and PCs.  Thus, PlagiarismSearch introduced a Viber and Telegram Chatbot options to make using our plagiarism checker more mobile, flexible, and simple. Straight from the messenger, you can check the content for plagiarism quickly and effectively. We recommend combining a PlagiarismSearch.com account and a messenger account to get a common history of checks and balance. First of all, find PlagiarismSearch.com on Viber or Telegram. Secondly, you have to upload the file you want to check or just insert the sections you need. After the process of detection is completed, you will obtain the results in a notification. A detailed report is also sent in the PDF format and a link to a PlagiarismSearch.com. Using your app, you will be able to check on the results of plagiarism detection any time they are needed and they will be kept in the history of your account until you decide to delete them. Please note that all users of a messenger bot get 5 submissions for free (1,000 words in one submission). 

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