With more and more plagiarism detection services coming online, it’s admittedly getting harder and harder to keep track of them all. Though CopyScape is still the best-established and best-known among webmasters, there is also Plagium (Previous Coverage), PlagSpotter (Previous Coverage) and Plagiarism.Pro (Previous Coverage) to name a few. There are also academic-oriented plagiarism checkers, such as PlagScan (Previous Coverage) and several ill-fated projects, all trying to take market and mindshare away from Turnitin.
(Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for iThenticate, which is owned by Turnitin’s parent company, iParadigms.)
PlagiarismDetect.com is another online plagiarism checker that is trying to carve out a niche in the market. But with so many companies serving the major markets, PlagiarismDetect has an uphill battle trying to provide services that are compelling to users.
At the company’s request, I decided to give PlagiarismDetect a try and see how I felt about it. I was provided 200 free credits, $20 value, to test the service out and I used that to put PlagiarismDetect through a battery of tests, both to see how well it worked and how it stacked up against competitors.
The results were interesting but somewhat inconclusive. In the end, my experimentation with PlagiarismDetect painted the picture of a solid plagiarism checker with a somewhat unorthodox interface and an unfortunately high price point that may keep many people from using it.Continue Reading