PlagTracker – free online service for plagiarism checking
Just a very quick post to point you towards something I recently came across through the power of Twitter – plagtracker.com. This is an online service which will scan a block of text (i.e. an essay/paper) and compare it to internet pages and a database of academic papers. The best thing about it though, is that it’s completely free!
I tested it out by pasting in a block of text from a previous post on this blog, and it seemed to perform pretty well, in that it correctly identified the source of the material as this site. It produces quite a nicely formatted report with links to the source material too:
Pretty cool. The web interface means it probably isn’t that useful for essay-markers who want to batch-check a whole load of student essays, but if I was a student, I would definitely be using this service to check my essays before submission – plagiarism can happen by accident after all, and can often be fixed by just citing the correct sources. I say ‘often’ because you still have to remember the golden rule of undergraduate essays – for the love of God, don’t cite Wikipedia as a source!
Posted on May 16, 2012, in Commentary, Cool new tech, Internet, Software, Study Skills and tagged checking, essays, papers, plagiarism, plagtracker.com, study skills. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.