There was once a time when authors as well as artists were encouraged to copy another’s work. Creativity was marred behind boundaries of centuries old ideals. However, with the advent of 18th century, things changed. And this same notion of so called inspiration became immoral. And rightly so because when an artist or an author gives his midnight oil for an artistic expression, he must be credit for it.
Plagiarism is one of the plagues that is silently consuming the society’s sense for art and creative sense. With the advent of internet, Plagiarism has become even more common. This is because it is a free source and everyone has access to it. When an artist or author, shares his piece of work over the cyberspace, it becomes very vulnerable. Because it can be copied by anyone and everyone in just a matter of minutes. And similarly easy is its online publishing as it can be published through a free source.
On the contrary, it is rather difficult for someone to publish a piece of art in the traditional manner. Because of the check and balance mechanism in the industry. Plagiarism is easy over the internet because the person who is copying can pretend to be anonymous. Thus, we find many works of plagiarism over the internet without finding out who is the actual writer.
However, the good news is where Internet has made plagiarism easy; it has also given birth to some easy to use tools for detection of plagiarism. These are not only effective but also sometimes completely free of cost. You can easily check out for plagiarism in a matter of minutes. First of all Google is the best tool to use for plagiarism. Google has a huge database for every possible website over the internet. On the other hand, it also has exceptional capability, making it as asset for detecting plagiarism.
If you put some of the text of your work on the Google search bar, it will automatically come up with replicas of your work. Since most plagiarists change the title of the document, make sure you choose some of the text from the body. You can also use a tool called Copyscape to make this searching process easier. You would need to launch this tool on the URL of the webpage that you would like to check and then submit. Copyscape makes use of Google to find out similar results. The free version of this software returns only limited results and the paid service gives unlimited results and is only for 5 cents per search.
Plagium is another service that is totally free of cost. It is similar in nature to Copyscape but is for free and it makes use of Yahoo search engine at its backend. So the results will be different. Similarly Bloggers can use Fairshare to check out for lifted content and is very effective in this regard. So all these tools can be used effectively to check out for plagiarism.