Office hacks: plagiarism quick check plagiarism immediately appear

There is nothing that teachers and scholars hate and disappoint more than plagiarism in a student’s or author’s paper. Although experienced teachers or experts can take the time to detect plagiarism in articles, it is laborious to search and compare from the vast amount of information. With the help of some specialized checking tools, it would free up teachers’ or experts’ time to do more meaningful things.

1. Checking with Word anti-plagiarism plug-in

First, we can use the Word anti-plagiarism plugin Copyleaks Plagiarism Checker to quickly check articles for suspected plagiarism of other people’s work. copyleaks Plagiarism Checker is a free multilingual Word plugin that uses a sophisticated content tracking algorithm to assess the originality of content, the plugin allows access to cloud-based and API-based content verification services.

Before you can use this plugin, you need to install it first. Open Word, click “Insert → Add-ins”, and then click on the “Get Add-ins” icon (Figure 1).


In the Office Add-ins search window, type “Copyleaks Plagiarism Checker” and search, and click the “Add” button when found, a Scan icon will be added to A Scan icon will be added to the “Citation” tab (Figure 2).


After that, to verify whether the content of the article is suspected of plagiarism, simply open the article in Word, select the paragraph to be checked, and then click the “Scan” button to start checking. If you want to check the entire article, select the entire document and then perform this operation (Figure 3).


Tip: The service must be registered and logged in before it can be used. We can use our own email to register a new user account (Figure 4). 2.


2. Use online checking tools to check

In addition to using the Word plugin, we can also use a variety of online plagiarism checking tools to check the similarity of articles for comparison.

First, we can use Grammarly’s Plagiarism Checker service. Visit the home page of the service (, paste the content to be checked in the text box, or click the Upload a file button to upload a document to be checked, and then click the Scan for plagiarism button to start checking (Figure 5).


When the check is complete, an alert is automatically given if plagiarism is suspected or if there are problems with the writing (Figure 6). If no plagiarism or writing issues are found, the message “Your text is free of writing issues” will be given, indicating that the text has not been checked for problems (Figure 7).



Tip: Many universities now require papers to be submitted in both English and Chinese, and the Grammarly plagiarism checker is particularly effective for English articles. Although mixed English-Chinese articles can also be checked, the results are biased towards checking the English language in them.

In addition, we can choose the NoPlag online checking service (, which allows us to check 20 articles per day with a free account, with an article length limit of 800 words. If you try it for free without registering, you can check 5 articles of 500 words or less per day. Therefore, if you are using it temporarily, you can also split the articles and check them. If you think 800 words is too short, there is also a Plagiarism Checker service ( that can check articles of up to 1500 words for free.

If you want to check a blog or website for plagiarism, you can use another dedicated checking service, CopyLeaks ( Simply click on “Add New→URL” and copy the address of the blog or web page into the input box to perform the check (Figure 8). CopyLeaks uses cloud computing tools to quickly match among trillions of web pages, and the service supports checking in all languages.


3. Install special software for plagiarism checking

We can also purchase and use dedicated plagiarism checking software, such as Plagiarism Checker X 2019, Plagramme Plagiarism Checker, etc. These software also require an internet connection to run when comparing data, but they contain more powerful features and fewer restrictions, so they are suitable for cases where a large number of checks are often required.

Tip: We can usually also use search engines to check articles for plagiarism. Simply select some key phrases in the article, and then search in the search engine, you can also find some articles have the suspicion of plagiarism traces.


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