Whether you’re  a student in school, or you’re a professor wanting to make sure that a student didn’t plagiarize their paper, there are some great resources online that you can use.  The best thing about these is that they are free.

Like many other software platforms, there are so many open source platforms that you can take advantage of.  There’s no reason to pay for something if you don’t have to.  A quick example is Microsoft Office.    This alone can easily set you back $150.  If you download Open Office, it’s going to cost you nothing!

Listed below are a few free plagiarism checkers that you should check out online when you want to check some paperwork.

#1 ScanMyEssay.com: When you do a search for, “free” online, you’re going to get a lot of companies that show up in the results but the only downfall is that they aren’t free, but instead its going to cost you a few bucks a month, or whatever that price tag may be.  ScanMyEssay scours over 10 billion resources, show comparisons of potential errors, as well as links them, making the reports very easy to read.

#2 AcademicPlagiarism.com: This is a good site because it allows students to scan their documents just to make sure that everything runs clear.  Its always a best bet to try at least 3 different resources to ensure that your essay comes off at 100%.  There have been times where students write a legitimate essay, but the checker detects some copying, when you didn’t mean it in the first place!

#3 DocCop.com: DocCop won a top 100 resource reward for having one of the best plagiarism checkers on the market.  Basically, you’re going to send them your paper and they will send you back a report deciding if there are errors or not.  It can scan .doc, .docx, as well as .pdf files.

#4 Plagiarism.com: Where else to go but Plagiarism.com?  They have a sub page designed for college students themselves, but it looks as if anyone can use it.  Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and input your name, address, as well as the text.  It will start the scan and give you back a report.  The unique about this test is that it allows you to check your own form of writing.

#5 Google: Yes, the power of Google can give you some mighty fine results.  Just take a snippet of your article / essay and throw it in the search engine.  If you put quotes around it, you can see if anything matches.  If it does, there’s a good chance that something else is floating around on the web.