Monday, 6 April 2015

Check if your articles have been copied to another site (fruadulently)

free plagiarism checking toolsThe articles written by you are your intellectual property (unless you decide to forgo it by any way) and therefore they should not be reused in any form without your permission. But protecting your copyright online is a difficult task because copying somebody elses' material is very easy when it comes to the internet. No body can be restricted from copying online material like text and images. People copying from other sites to their own sites aim at getting some cheap, shortcut and immediate recognition; but in the long run it is always disastrous for them. You can realize how bad would one feel when he or she comes to know that what he or she believed as your writing is not originally yours and that you were betraying the masses just for getting some fame. Similarly you can well imagine how hurt will you be if others copy your intellectual property that you have developed by so much of hard work and research, because writing scholarly articles is not as easy as copying it and pretending it as your own writing.

Copied Content is penalized by Search Engines 

Moreover, when you talk about copied content in the world of blogging, Search Engines such as Google and Bing penalize sites having duplicate / non-genuine content; i.e. these sites do not appear in Search Engine "Search Results". And when a site does not appear in search results, it is for sure that it will have a negligible amount of visitors / readers. Therefore, search engines help discourage content duplication / plagiarism online.

How to check plagiarism / content duplication online

Moreover, to ensure the rights of the writers, intellectual property laws have been introduced. And using modern online tools, one can also ensure that no body makes an online copy or reproduction of your content on any-other website / blog / app. There are many tools to check if somebody has copied your article. They are illustrated below;

  • Google Search

Include in between inverted commas a sentence or a phrase in Google Search Box and press enter. The search results will display all the sites where that particular sentence or phrase is found. For example to search the previous sentence, write it as follows in the Google Search Box before pressing enter;

"Include in between inverted commas a sentence or a phrase in Google Search Box and press enter"

This is the most easiest and convenient way of checking online plagiarism, because Google has the largest index of online published content.
  • Google Alerts

Another simple and easy to use tool for monitoring the whole internet and getting automatic alerts when somebody copies a portion (of your blog) is Google Alerts. You just have to set and save a search query, which is usually an excerpt of a phrase or two from your blog. Just set a single sentence or a part of it as a search query, because whole paragraphs won't work as search queries here, but you can define as many queries as you like for getting automatic alerts from Google right in your email inbox (even for any single article).
  • Copyscape

Copyscape is a free online plagiarism checking tool. You can provide the URL of the site or blog which you want to check if somebody else has copied or not. Copyscape returns instant results with the URLs of the Source Content and the Copied Content which can be clicked to see exactly how much of the data has been copied. Copyscape also provides free banners to alert your visitors from copying your content. The banner says "Protected by Copyscape. Do not copy". You can get the banners free of cost, but you won't get automatic alerts from Copyscape unless you signup for a Premium Membership.
  • Other Plagiarism Checker Tools

There are many other plagiarism checking tools using which you can check for copied content. Do a simple Google Search with the search query "Plagiarism Checker" and you will get to know of many other plagiarism checking tools.

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