Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More


Word processing software has long offered spell-checking for documents.  Or spelling-checking as it should probably be called.  In more recent times, programs have also been able to check grammar, reading level, vocabulary and more.  More recently still, the current hot topic, especially in academia, is the detection of copying or plagiarism.  With copy-and-paste so easy, and with massive amounts of information available for free on the internet, cutting and pasting the occasional paragraph is sometimes more attractive for students than writing up an original version themselves.

PaperRater is a web site that offers a free document scanning service. Just paste the chosen text into the page and hit the Get Report button (remembering to enable the optional "originality detection" feature first), and you'll get the details in just a few seconds.  In addition to the report about the reading level of the document, and the standard of grammar, you'll also receive details of whether the document is mostly original or whether large sections appear to have been copied from other web sites.

Whether you're a teacher, parent, employer, recruiter, or anyone else who is interested in finding out the true origins of a document, this is a useful and free resource that's also easy to use.

In addition, if you run a web site or a blog and you want to check that no one else has been copying your text and passing it off as their own, this is a great way to find out.

See http://www.paperrater.com/ for more.




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I ran a few papers through this, some with very low standards of written English, and it didn't do as well as Word in terms of spotting errors. Those it did spot, it explained better than Word does. It picked up no plagiarism; not clear exactly how it's testing for this.

I might suggest my students use this /after/ all their other proof-reading processes have been gone through just in case it picks something up, but it's certainly not something they should use on its own.

This is the URL in the original post:

If you use that and run a test, you get no plagiarism results.
If check there, you are referred to the full (paid) version.

The original article as posted needs to be revised to make it accurate.

[Snide comment removed]

Moderator: Could we please have an official statement as to whether this is currently "free" including the Plagiarism component.

The free Plagiarism Checker is here on the site: http://www.paperrater.com/plagiarism_checker It says on the title of the page too.. Free Plagiarism Checker, and it says so in a small strip at the top of the page too.. that you are using a basic version of plagiarism checker. So, it's free.

The free version does not check for plagiarism. One could do that easily by copy and pasting text into a browser search box. We all know the pitfalls of grammar and spell checker. I really see nothing in this that is not readily available in any common word processing program.

As for plagiarism, it can only suggest similarities in passages and the instruction determine what has not be properly paraphrased or cited and whether the material is or is not in the public domain.

Mr Dui: sorry, but your submission's score has been compromised by inadequate research. Mr Schifreen was entirely correct in asserting that Paper Rater checks for evidence of plagiarism, and does so at no cost to the user. Accordingly, it's only possible to award you an overall mark of 50%, because no matter how eloquently you proceeded to argue your case, the fundamental premise was manifestly flawed.

Mr Schifreen therefore collects a further 1,392% on the basis that his submission was wrongfully disputed.

As to Mr Sicknero, an additional award of 100% is hereby given in recognition of both originality of content and of thought.

I went to the website this morning, tested it was advised that feature was included only in the "Premium" (paid version). I did do my due diligence. Actually, only a court can rule on plagiarism. I stand by my comments.

I actually tested it on several Wikipedia articles for the other "features" (grammar and spelling) and no credentialed academic would use it seriously for the purpose for which it is being promoted.

Thanks sicnero for the above post - I need some humor this morning. I ditto your statement.

Thanks for posting, it's good to have an online resource for this as it's not something I'd use often enough to make it worth installing software on my system.

Your article by the way scores 93% for style, 79% for vocabulary and appears to be completely original :-)