Okay, you’ve done a good job and written an essay for your English class. Since you consulted a few reliable sources and found amazing materials there, you made sure to use them.
You’re aware of how important it is to write original works and know about the plagiarism consequences that students can face if they cheat. The fastest and the most reliable way to check for plagiarism (even if you didn’t plagiarize intentionally) is to use plagiarism detection software. Through the example of Unicheck we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to check your work for text similarities online.
Step 1. Upload or create your file
Click “New File” to create the document you’d like to check. If you have your work in a file, then click “Select File” (Unicheck supports .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .odt, .html, and .pdf formats). The drag-and-drop function is available, too: Just drag one or more documents from your desktop to the library in your Unicheck account. After you’ve uploaded your work, check it and click “Check for Plagiarism” (Doc vs. Internet in your case). Ta-da! In 4 seconds, you have the results of the scan. Let’s see what you’ve got.
Step 2. Look through spotted similarities
On the left side, you see your checked work. Areas highlighted with yellow mean that some text coincidences are spotted. On the right side, there’s detailed information on what Unicheck has found.
The first thing that catches your eye is the originality and similarity percentage. You also see the number of sources where coincidences were detected. Try omitting a few of them, and the originality and similarity percentage will be recounted immediately. If you want to visit those websites and check plagiarized sections on the page, click “View the Original Source” next to hyperlinked sources.
One more useful option is to omit sources, where the percentage of similarity is less than an indicated one. So, if you enter 30%, only sources where the percentage of similarity is 30% or more will be shown. To launch this option, click your account icon (which is in the upper-right corner) and go to “System Settings.”
The “History” tab shows all the checks that you’ve made. The Unicheck system also highlights citations and references within the scanned text. To exclude them from the similarity report, open the “Exclude” tab and use the switcher.
There’s one more great feature that usually helps teachers uncover a cheater. It’s the “Possible Character Replacement” option. If a clever student uses characters from the Cyrillic alphabet that are the same as ones in the Latin alphabet (for example, C, E, A, K, X, M and others), they will be highlighted with a red line.
Step 3. View and upload your check report
If you want to keep the report, you’re welcome to download it. In the downloaded report you’ll see the check method (Doc vs Internet), originality and similarity percentage, clickable original sources and so on. You can also share your report with somebody else. You just need to write email addresses in the pop-up window after you click “Share,” and that’s it.
As you can see, only in three steps, you’ll be able to check your writing for text coincidences. The user-friendly interface doesn’t take much of your time – it only takes a minute or two to figure out how everything works. And what’s even more important, fast checks help you get rid of any type of plagiarism within a few seconds.