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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