- Will I get a 100% match at my school when I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?
We understand this concern. However, since the Scribbr Plagiarism Check does not store any documents that it checks in the shared Ephorus database, it’s impossible for this to happen (even if your schools also uses Ephorus software).
As an added precaution, you can also personally delete your details and documents from Scribbr’s own server as soon as you’ve received the results of your Plagiarism Check.
- Will the results be the same as the results of the check used at my school?
The results of the Scribbr Plagiarism Check will be 99% the same as the Ephorus check used at your school. The Scribbr Plagiarism Check is optimized for students, which means that you will receive a detailed report with extra information to fix and prevent plagiarism.
Schools often have their own database of (prior) theses. Scribbr has no access to those databases. When you copy data from another thesis that is not publicly accessible, the Scribbr Plagiarism Check will neither be able to detect plagiarism nor identify the source of this data.
However, most theses are actually publicly accessible since many universities and schools have public databases. This means that the Scribbr Plagiarism Check is able to find these theses.
- How long does the Scribbr Plagiarism Check take?
The Scribbr Plagiarism Check takes about 10 minutes to finish. For documents larger than 35.000 words it can take a bit longer. As soon as the check has finished we will send you an e-mail.
- Will my document be published on a (public) database?
No, the Scribbr Plagiarism Check does not result in your document being published in any public database (unlike other plagiarism check services).
As soon as you’ve received the result from the Plagiarism Check, you can directly delete all details and documents from the Scribbr server.
- Where can I add own documents to the result of the Plagiarism Check?
Are you doubting whether a document can be found in the database? You can add extra documents to the database for free.
Upload your document under the list of matched sources. You can compare up to five documents a the same time.
- Which sources are used for the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?
The Scribbr Plagiarism Check uses the software of Ephorus. This means that your text will be compared against:
- More than 52 billion web pages.
- 130 million articles from scientific information sources and journals from the major scientific publishers.
The results of the Scribbr Plagiarism Check are 99% the same as the Ephorus check used at your school.
- Which file formats are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?
You can use the following file formats:
The format you use doesn’t influence the final result.
- Can I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Check to check the same document multiple times?
Yes. Moreover, a the results of a previous Plagiarism Check will not influence the results for a later version of the same document.
Please bear in mind that each Plagiarism check is charged separately.
- What does the Originality Score percentage mean?
The Originality Score shows you what percentage of your document matches with documents in the Ephorus database. The more similarities there are, the lower your score will be.
If you have a score of 60%, this means that 40% of your content is unoriginal and is found in the Ephorus database. This doesn’t necessarily mean that this 40% is plagiarism. This depends on the way you’ve quoted or paraphrased and if you cited your sources the right way.
How high should your Originality Score be?
- How high should your Originality Score be?
Every form of plagiarism is a violation of the law. This means that only a 100% Originality Score is supposed to be good enough. However, in practice this is not entirely true.
Ephorus also finds similarities that are not forms of plagiarism. For example, a similarity in your references. Obviously, such a similarity in your reference list is no plagiarism.
This means that a percentage of 95% can also be sufficient, although whether you can be satisfied with 95% depends on the kinds of similarities found by the Check.
Many universities set the limit at 95%. If you have a 95% score or higher, your assessor will most likely not look for plagiarism in your document. If you are below 95% the risk is higher that you have actually plagiarized. This means that your assessor will also be more likely to take a closer look at your document.
Do you score lower than 90%? In this case, there is a big chance that you have actually plagiarized. For every phrase for which similarities are found, you will have to find out if you are truly plagiarizing. Use the roadmap from the guide to quickly answer the following questions:
- What does an Originality Score of 100% mean?
An Originality Score of 100% means that the Scribbr Plagiarism Check did not find any similarities with the Ephorus database. This is very good news! On average only 1 out of 150 students achieve a score of 100%.
- What do I do with a found similarity?
For every similarity you have to check whether you’ve plagiarized. We have made an action plan to help you find out whether you have. In this plan we also explain to you what to do next and what to adjust in order to prevent plagiarism.
- What to do with a quote found by the check?
Sometimes a quote is found in your thesis and marked as a similarity by the Scribbr Plagiarism Check, because the quote is also found in another source.
A quote found by Ephorus is not a form of plagiarism. However, it is important that you have added a reference to this quote. Below we briefly explain the rules to write down quotes in APA Style.
Quotes of less than 40 words
When citing a section of text fewer than 40 words, you use double quotation marks directly before and directly after the quote. Next to that, you mention the author, the year and a page number.
Example: Quote of fewer than 40 words
|The definition of soccer is, according to Van Persie (2014), “running back and forth with each other and whoever scores the most, wins” (p.15).|
|A famous soccer player always said, “playing soccer with each other on a beautiful Sunday afternoon is the greatest thing there is” (Sneijder, 2013, pp. 2-3).|
Quote of 40 words or more
If the quote contains 40 words or more, then place the quote in a separate block, which begins on a new line and is indented in its entirety.
Example: Quote of more than 40 words
|The second anniversary of Scribbr was widely reported in the press:|
|Scribbr is now two years old and that is being celebrated with the introduction of a new version of the APA Generator. Now that more and more students make grateful use of the APA Generator, it is high time for a new version, according to the founders.|
|The APA Generator is very popular because the APA Style has many exceptions. As a result, it is difficult for many students to really get the hang of the APA Style. In addition, the APA Generator saves many students a great deal of time. (Schlagers, 2014, p. 3)|
Check the article about quoting according to the APA rules for more information.
- Why does the Scribbr Plagiarism Check regard a source in my reference list as a similarity?
The check scans the internet for similarities with your document. Because many students write their references in the same way (for instance in APA Style), Ephorus finds many similarities with these sources.
A reference found by the check is not a form of plagiarism. Therefore, there is no need to take action.