The Importance of Checking for Plagiarised Content

While plagiarism is an issue that has always been around, it is something that has become a really noticeable problem over the past couple of decades. This is largely because of the increasing popularity and use of the Internet, which has provided people with access to huge amounts of content and information. Of course, this access is something that can prove invaluable when it comes to learning, researching and education, but there are instances when it is used unscrupulously by some people such as when it is copied by someone and then passed off as their own content.

This is something that has become alarmingly common over recent years, with copyrighted work simply being copied in part of full for all sorts of purposes. One recent survey showed that a massive 54 percent of students admitted to plagiarising content from the Internet when doing coursework and then passing off the work as their own. Unfortunately this type of problem also occurs in a number of professions. For instance, there are many writing agencies and freelance writers out there creating content for various companies and business websites. However, unless you have worked with them previously and for a lengthy period of time, how can you be certain that the content that they have created for you has not simply been lifted from somewhere else?

Using the right tools to stay safe

There can be serious repercussions when it comes to using plagiarised work on your website, online or even in your print media. In some cases you may not even realise that you have used plagiarised content because you didn’t write it yourself. However, this won’t be seen as an excuse if you publish it on your website or anywhere else, which is why it is vital that you first ensure the originality of any content that you publish. Not only will duplicate content result in problems with search engines such as Google but it could also result in legal action, so you need to make sure you carry out checks.

Fortunately, there are a number of tools available online that can help you to quickly determine if all or any of an article or piece of content has been copied from elsewhere, so you should always make sure that you use one of these before you go ahead and publish any work. Even if you have written the content yourself, it is still worth checking because you never know whether you may have duplicated some content without even realising it.

Copyscape is a very popular plagiarism checker and very simple to use. All you need to do is copy and paste the content into the box provided and then click on search. Copyscape will then either advise you that there are no matches, which is great news, or will bring up sites where there is duplicated content. It will also advise on the percentage of duplication so that you can make amendments to the content accordingly before you publish it.