How to Defeat Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a terrifying thought for any type of content writer. It makes your content questionable. It ranks you lower on Google. In addition to that, there are a lot of Plagiarism issues related to the backlash.
I’m a content writer. Plagiarism affects me as well. Before writing any piece of content I’ve to research a lot of sources to craft an informative piece that has to be accurate as well.
This is time-consuming and it takes a lot of effort. At times, the urge to just copy something from a good source seems so inviting. But, due to creative integrity, we can’t let that happen in any way.
And if you think you can get away with plagiarizing content from other sources, you’re wrong. Trust me, I know! Plagiarism checkers today employ very sophisticated algorithms to catch copycats and it isn’t that hard.
So, I set out to find ways by which I can defeat plagiarism and make my content as unique as possible.
And, I’ve made some startling discoveries in my pursuit!
The Devil’s in the Details
I’ve found that I tend to have thoughts relating to plagiarism when I have to meet a deadline and I’m nowhere ready to submit my content.
As I research for my content, my brain constantly tries to divert my thoughts to copying content from a good source. During those times, I’ve to force myself not to conform to my thoughts.
What I’ve discovered is that the more I’m prepared and have a ton of materials ready for crafting a thoughtful piece, the less I tend to have thoughts about plagiarism.
So, my advice, in this case, would be to always conduct as much research as you can and have a lot of materials ready before you start the actual process of writing.
It helps a lot. This one tip can actually change your whole approach to plagiarism. If you decide to take only one thing from this article, I’d recommend you follow this.
The next thing I’ve discovered relates to the use of sources and quotations, which is REALLY important.
ALWAYS Cite and Quote Your Sources
You’ll undoubtedly come across many different sources of information when you research your topic initially. And a lot of these sources will have really good content as well.
You might think that if you use content from these sources then checkers might flag your content as plagiarized. But there is a way to use good content without getting any plagiarism hits.
It’s known as CITATION. Just quote your content that you’re referencing to inside quotation marks (e.g. “quotation”) and don’t forget to cite the source as well (e.g. Wall Street Journal, Dec 05, 2021).
The last thing I would like to talk about is using plagiarism checkers.
ALWAYS Use Reliable Plagiarism Checkers (Paid/Free)
Most plagiarism checkers require you to have a paid subscription or a license. But, not everyone can afford to have a subscription plan.
Fret not! There are a few reliable, free plagiarism checkers available on the internet. As with anything free which is of value, you must make some sacrifices when using them.
Most free plagiarism checkers only check the content that has a word count of less than 1000. Some might limit to only 2000 words. That’s the best you’re going to get if you go with the free option.
As you can guess there are ways around this as well. We’ll be discussing those too.
I would recommend two websites that have reliable plagiarism checkers. And yes, they are free to use if you’ve content that has a word count of less than 1000.
The first is [smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker].
I’ve found this site to be the most reliable among the free plagiarism checkers on the internet right now. From what I’ve understood it basically searches every single sentence separately on Google to determine if your content is plagiarized. And, it’s quite good at that.
The next plagiarism checker I’d recommend is [duplichecker.com].
I’ve found this to be a little less reliable than the first one. But, it’s quite alright compared to other free alternatives.
It would be in your best interest if you can run your content through both of these sites as this would reduce your chances a lot of plagiarism.
I know it’s tedious. But it pays a lot in the end when you have high-quality content that is awesome and unique.
On the other hand, if you have the cash to spare, I’d recommend Unicheck, Scribbr, Quetext, Grammarly, etc. These are all excellent paid plagiarism checkers that employ highly sophisticated algorithms to detect plagiarism issues.
I’ve struggled a lot with plagiarism in my pursuits to become a good content writer. That process is still ongoing. The urge to copy good content is just too hard to ignore sometimes. But, as I’ve mentioned above, the underlying principles can be identified and eliminated as well. You just have to be diligent and keep on producing great content.
That’s how you can DEFEAT plagiarism.