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7 Best Online Tools to Detect Plagiarism & Prevent Takedown Notices

7 Best Online Tools to Detect Plagiarism &  Prevent Takedown Notices

The number of online sources with free access has increased dramatically, and the rate in which they increase is only accelerating. That is why more and more people bow to the temptation to pass off someone else’s writing as their own. Once you start copy-pasting, it’s hard to get rid of the habit. But what if one day you are caught plagiarizing?
If you are a student, you should be aware of the serious consequences plagiarism brings. Low grades, re-submission of papers, or, even worse, suspension or expulsion from school. For writers or bloggers to be found guilty of plagiarism is not less risky, since they can lose high website rankings and ruin their reputations and their careers.
To keep from getting into trouble, you should use plagiarism detection tools. Here is a brief guide for seven plagiarism checkers that can help you avoid getting takedown notices and protect yourself from accidental plagiarism.

1. Unplag

Unplag

    This plagiarism detection tool is especially recommended to students, educators, writers and editors. With Unplag, you don’t need to install any extra equipment and programs to use the checker, as it operates online. Unplag allows you to simultaneously scan as many texts of different formats as you need within 4 a seconds per text-scan without any decrease in speed.

    In order to identify even the smallest plagiarized passage, it checks your text against 16 billion pages and documents on Google and Bing. Unplag provides a plagiarism report after each scan is over. This report includes percentage of similarity and originality of the files scanned as well as all highlighted unoriginal elements with hyperlinks to original sources. Additionally, all the files you store in your personal account are kept secure thanks to encryption.

    Pros: Before subscribing, you can test the checker using 275-word free trial. You can create your personal database and make use of four types of scans, which include checking a file against another one or against all the files you have in your account, Unplag database, or the Internet. By default, you can upload .pdf, .docx, .doc, .txt or .html files to be checked for plagiarism.

    Cons: To use the checker you need to subscribe for one month, three months or a year (however, the longer the subscription is, the less you pay per month. I.e. with the annual subscription plan, you pay $4.99 per month.)

    2. Writecheck

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    WriteCheck

      This is another web tool that allows students or writers to check their papers for plagiarism to be sure they quoted all the sources used in the text. In addition, Writecheck scans papers for grammar and spelling mistakes. To scan your paper, you can upload Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect, PostScript, .pdf, html, and .rtf. After every scan, you get a plagiarism report with highlighted non-unique elements and direct links to plagiarized sources.

      To scan your papers for plagiarism, you need rto egister and pay to begin your account. A free trial is not available. The size of the text to be checked can’t exceed 5,000 words. If a paper contains more than 5,000 words, you pay an extra charge.

      Pros: Writecheck allows you to upload different file formats and provides you with a detailed plagiarism report.

      Cons: The checker doesn’t provide a free trial.

      3. Copyscape

      copyscape

        Copyscape is an online plagiarism checker that offers both free and premium user accounts. The free account allows you to run 5 scans for plagiarism via URL check only. If you set up the premium account, you will be able to scan files for 5 cents per check regardless of the file’s size. Another plagiarism detection tool developed by the Copyscape team is Copysentry. This checker protects your website from copycats daily or weekly. Whenever exact matches with your content are found, you get email alerts.

        Pros: With Copyscape you can create your personal database and check newly uploaded files against the ones in your account. Additionally, you can use Copyscape anti-plagiarism banners to warn cheaters against plagiarizing.

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        Cons: The plagiarism report is difficult to understand. A free trial lets you check content with the help of URL check only. If you upload files containing 2,000 words or more, the checker may fail to scan them smoothly.

        4. DupliChecker

        4. DupliChecker

          DupliChecker is another online plagiarism checker for people dealing with content. DupliChecker is a free service, which does not require registration. However, you are only allowed to check for plagiarism one time per day. No matter how many texts you need to check for plagiarism, you need to sign up and create a personal account.

          To scan your content for plagiarism, you may copy and paste the text into the box, upload it or enter the URL where you’d like the content to be checked. After the scan is complete, you will see the links to the plagiarized content below the text box. By clicking the links, DupliChecker redirects you to the website where copycats were found.

          Pros: The checker is free and has additional free functions including spell check and batch check.

          Cons: If you want to use the checker for free without registering, you can run only one check per day, and the text can’t exceed 1,500 words.

          5. PlagScan

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          5. PlagScan

            PlagScan is an online plagiarism detection service designed for education and business . It allows you to upload Microsoft Word and .pdf files or just paste the text into the box and scan it for plagiarism. To start using PlagScan, you need to sign up and upload a file. After each check, you get a similarity report. The report contains the percentage of plagiarized text with spotted plagiarized elements. In addition, all the matches are highlighted by different colors.

            You can use the checker as a private or corporate user. In addition to this, PlagScan has a free trial option to test the checker before making a payment. After the free trial is over you may choose one out of three available subscription plans to keep on checking your documents for plagiarism.

            Pros: PlagScan lets you upload different file formats and generates plagiarism reports with copy-pasted sources.

            Cons: The plagiarism report is difficult to understand.

            6. Viper anti-plagiarism scanner

            Viper anti-plagiarism scanner

              This is a free plagiarism scanner that requires installing software on your computer and registration. Viper checks your text against 10 billion sources, offering side-by-side comparison. It takes 40 minutes to install the checker and about 15 minutes to create your personal account. Viper is compatible with Microsoft Windows only.

              Pros: Viper offers clear side-by-side comparisons between checked papers and the original sources.

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              Cons: It takes a lot of time to upload the checker and sign up. Not all the scans show accurate results, meaning you will have to re-scan a file via another tool to double check and be absolutely certain.

              7. PlagTracker

              5. PlagScan

                PlagTracker is an online plagiarism tracker created especially for students, teachers and publishers. It helps detect whether a particular document has already been published somewhere on the Internet. PlagTracker checks submitted papers against 20 million academic papers and Internet pages in order to identify plagiarized content. After scanning is complete, you get a plagiarism report with all the copied sources.

                Pros: PlagTracker offers premium user accounts with automatically generated .pdf reports, grammar check, and unlimited text size uploads.

                Cons: Free-searches are limited to 5,000 words. With free accounts you cannot upload docs and run checks against databases. Sometimes, checks run in free accounts outline inaccurate scanning results, which means that you should double check them.

                Featured photo credit: Christian Crljen via flickr.com

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                Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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                20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                1. Todoist

                  Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                  Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                  If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                  Download: Todoist

                  2. 1Password

                    You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                    1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                    You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                    Download: 1Password

                    3. Bear

                      Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                      It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                      Download: Bear

                      4. Hazel

                        Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                        For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                        Download: noodlesoft

                        5. Alfred

                          Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                          For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                          It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                          Download: Alfred

                          6. TextExpander

                            TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                            For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                            An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                            Download: TextExpander

                            7. Backblaze

                              If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                              Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                              Download: Backblaze

                              8. Keyboard Maestro

                                Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                9. Snagit

                                  There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                  Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                  10. Bartender

                                    Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                    If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                    Download: Bartender

                                    11. Otter

                                    Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                    Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                    Download: Otter

                                    12. Flux

                                      Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                      Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                      Download: Flux

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                                      13. PDFpen

                                      If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                      PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                      Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                      14. OmniFocus

                                        OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                        It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                        A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                        Download: OmniFocus

                                        15. Franz

                                          It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                          Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                          Download: Franz

                                          16. MindNode

                                            If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                            The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                            Download: MindNode

                                            17. Focus

                                              The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                              This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                              Download: Focus

                                              18. CleanMyMac

                                                Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                Download: CleanMyMac

                                                19. Grammarly

                                                  A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                  This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                  A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                  Download: Grammarly

                                                  Focus To Do

                                                    Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                    There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                    Download: Focus To Do

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                    Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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