Can I check my document for plagiarism multiple times?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker checks your document for plagiarism once per upload. We recommend that you follow two simple steps to thoroughly revise all text snippets that might be plagiarized.

By following those steps, you can be confident that you have removed all plagiarism from your document. It is therefore not necessary to reupload your document for a new Plagiarism Check. If you would still like to perform a second or third check, you can purchase each new check at the regular price.

Step 1:  Review every similarity found by the Plagiarism Check

Think about whether or not the match makes sense to you:

  • Is the match a correctly cited quote, part of a reference list, or a general statement that does not relate to a specific author? Then you don’t have to revise it. You can simply exclude the similarity from your total score.
  • Is the match a text snippet (e.g. a series of words or a whole sentence) that you have copied from a publication without citing the source? Then move on to step 2.

Step 2: Revise each potentially plagiarized text snippet

There are two ways you can fix a similarity:

  • Paraphrasing: Rewrite the snippet in your own words. Be careful: Simply rearranging the sentence or replacing a few words with synonyms is not sufficient to remove plagiarism. It’s best to delete the similarity and write the idea again from scratch to ensure the phrasing is completely original.
  • Quoting: If you want to use the author’s exact words, put the text snippet in quotation marks.

Whether you paraphrase or quote, a citation is always required. Do you need more help revising your similarities? Have a look at our step-by-step guide.