Answered By: Kristen Koob
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2017     Views: 815

Harvard Library does not have an institutional subscription to anti-plagiarism software. 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. Also see the HKS Academic Code for more information.

Advice on anti-plagiarism software use:

  • 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. 
  • Some plagiarism detection tools are free or low cost. Small SEO Tools is free. DupliChecker is free for a limited number of words, and then charges for additional words.
  • Check the company's website for its privacy policy as your paper may be added to that tool's searchable database of papers without your permission. (For that reason, you may prefer the copy and paste option if offered).

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