- 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.
- Can I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker to check the same document multiple times?
Yes. Moreover, 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 languages are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?
Almost all languages are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker. You can find a complete list of the supported languages below:
- 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 Turnitin check used at your school. The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker 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 Checker 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 Checker is able to find these theses.
- Which file formats are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?
You can use the following file formats:
The format you use doesn’t influence the final result.
- How can I download my Plagiarism Check results as a PDF?
Downloading your results as a PDF is simple. Just follow these three steps:
Step 1: Open your results page and click on the “print” icon.
Step 2: Click on “print” in the top bar.
Step 3: Choose “Save as PDF.”
- What do I do with a found similarity?
Review every similarity for plagiarism, and decide whether or not you need to revise your text.
- Review the similarity, and think about whether or not the match makes sense to you.
- Revise the snippet if necessary. You can do so by paraphrasing or quoting. Always cite your sources.
- What does my similarity score mean?
Your similarity score shows you what percentage of your text is found within sources in the Turnitin database.
For example, if your score is 15%, then 15% of the content you wrote is unoriginal, as it matches text in the database.
You will have to review each similarity and decide whether or not you need to revise your work.
What is a good score? How do I update my work?
- Will I get a 100% match at my school when I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?
We understand this concern. However, since the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker does not store any documents that it checks in the shared Turnitin database, it’s impossible for this to happen (even if your school also uses Turnitin 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.
- How low should my similarity score be?
Your work should not contain any plagiarism. This means that even a score of 1% is too high.
However, in practice, not all similarities found by Turnitin constitute plagiarism. Turnitin sometimes flags the following:
- Properly cited quotes,
- In-text citations or your reference list, and
- Commonly used phrases that are obviously not considered plagiarism.
Because of this, you can generally follow these guidelines:
- A score higher than 5% is troublesome.
- A score between 2% and 5% it is not bad per se.
- A score around 1% is reasonable.
Even if your score is 1%, you will need to review each similarity and decide whether it’s necessary to revise your work.
What should I do with a found similarity?
- What does a similarity score of 0% mean?
A similarity score of 0% means that Turnitin hasn’t found any similarities in your text.
Congratulations! You did an amazing job. On average, only 1 out of 150 students achieve a score of 0%.
- 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 checker services).
As soon as you’ve received the result from the Plagiarism Checker, you can directly delete all details and documents from the Scribbr server.
- 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 Checker, because the quote is also found in another source.
A quote found by Turnitin 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 Scribbr Plagiarism Checker detect similarities between your paper and the official Turnitin database. Because many students write their references in the same way (for instance in APA Style), Turnitin 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.
If you have inserted a chapter or section title in the header of your document, then you might see an error message in your Plagiarism Check results.
Instead of the title, you will see an error message like the one above. Unfortunately, this is a problem that we cannot fix.
Turnitin may flag these error messages as similarities. You can ignore these similarities.