Tired of being chastised for unintended plagiarism?
You know software is not heaven-sent when, after beating all odds to sit and pen what you thought is a decent paper, your plagiarism detection software smacks you in the face and screams out loud—Plagiarism detected!
It is nerve-wracking frustrating.
But that tiny piece of correspondence carries a lot of load to any student who’s unfortunate enough to collide with it head-on. It is especially fatal when you get such a response and the paper is due in just over an hour (well, sometimes minutes).
But in a digital world where every source material you quote is sitting pretty somewhere online, plagiarism checkers can be hard to beat.
So, how do you turn off the likes of Turnitin plagiarism software without actually pissing and turning off your professor?
We know a few tricks to beat plagiarism checkers—all the while reveling in the fact you put your best hand forward and did decent, original work. Beating the system is simple.
How to Fool Plagiarism Detection Software
- Cite Tweets
Whatever piece of academic information you need to inject power and pizzazz into your paper, you’ll find related, punchy information on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among others.
Twitter is especially powerful for several reasons:
- Tweets are practically bouts of conversation, and what better way to find relevant data fast and in quotable form?
- Twitter is largely used by authority figures and scientific publishers in different areas of study. Many companies use Twitter for official uses—unlike Facebook and Google+ where finding official pages also may pull up several dummies instead. Remember you are allowed to cite official pages.
- There are millions of hashtags on plenty of study areas that you pull up by simply searching a particular hashtag.
Citing social media is now acceptable at most universities. To beat plagiarism checkers this way, do it right this way.
- Use Answers from Online threads
If your online savvy has leveled up over time, find a discussion platform online where they discuss issues you consider relevant to your academic research. Professors and learned friends like to show off their gray matter prowess by using technical and not-so-technical wording in such discussions.
Use the language they use there on your work. It’ll most likely be readily paraphrased and after changing a few words here and there you can have yourself a solid, original section.
Not only that. Every profession has “buzzwords” that members identify with. Most discussions among like-minded professors and practitioners spark with heavy use of such buzzwords. Automatically, when you use these terms, you’ll strike a nerve with your professor—proving you actually do understand what you are talking about.
You get to nail two birds in one smart sweep.
- Apply the Oldest (and Best) Trick Ever
This is by far the strongest way to beat plagiarism checkers such as Grammarly, Turnitin, and IThenticate. It also happens to be the toughest one.
Manually paraphrase your work.
While they have worked before, tricks such as word laundering (tweaking keywords in a statement), applying extensive synonyms, and converting doctored Word write-ups into PDF documents may no longer work as effectively as before.
And not even Google Translate will be effective for jumbling the structure and exact wording in a sentence to beat plagiarism detection software now.
According to the Senior Lecturer of Computing at the University of Surrey, Dr. James Heather, new plagiarism checker algorithm improvements now come with secondary Optical Character Recognition (OCR algorithm).
OCR will detect depths of plagiarism by interpreting plagiarism marks on a rendered copy, which is pretty much what a human reader would do.
Still, using social media bites and bytes, mining discussion forums online and pumping your creativity to paraphrase research works will ensure plagiarism checkers can’t touch your writing.