Answered By: Kristen Koob Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 Views: 586
Harvard Library does not have an institutional subscription to anti-plagiarism software.
Graduate-level students concerned about unintentional plagiarism may pay for individual access to WriteCheck on a per paper basis. The site searches a number of scholarly article databases to check your paper for problems with plagiarism. In addition, the tool conducts a grammar check of your paper.
Senior researchers may want to investigate Turnitin. Turnitin shows the actual source materials of unoriginal content, whereas WriteCheck only shows potential unintended plagiarism without matching sources. Turnitin costs considerably more than the WriteCheck tool.
Be aware that no one software or online tool is going to be 100% accurate for catching inadvertent plagiarism. Your best defense is to take careful notes and document all your sources. You may want to use a citation management tool like Zotero as part of your note-taking process and to make sure you are organized and including author attributions in your papers. For additional information on getting started with Zotero, view the HKS Library Zotero Research Guide or view Zotero Fast Answers for trouble shooting specific issues.