The order you took looked very promising, but suddenly you find yourself out of time to complete the order before the deadline. The only way to can do it is if you copy the text directly from the sources. Should you risk getting fined or fired? Or are there ways to get around plagiarism checks? Hint: we wouldnt write this article, if there werent, so read on.
What Is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a representation of another writers ideas and language as your own original work. Plainly speaking, if you go online to research a paper for a client and copy the text from several websites without using proper citations, you are plagiarizing. At best, you will get fined for providing unoriginal papers, at worst your freelance job at an online writing company will be over. Your freelance writers reputation will take a hit, and it might never recover.
Overall, plagiarism is bad for your finances. However, there are some tricks you can use to make writing academic papers easier and faster. But first, lets take a closer look at the methods of plagiarism detection.
How Is Plagiarism Detected?
Some online writing companies use proprietary plagiarism-checkers, while others rely on popular services, like TurnItIn and SafeAssign. There are dozens of free and premium plagiarism check options, both web-based and desktop. Most of them rely on the same algorithm with slight variations.
When you upload the paper for plagiarism check, the software breaks it up into small chunks and compares them to other works in its database. Any strings of words that are the same as in other papers are considered plagiarism unless there is a citation. A small amount of plagiarism is might be acceptable, but the exact number varies from school to school. Usually, 10% of plagiarism is considered low enough to be permissible.
Three Ways Of Fooling Plagiarism-Checkers
Even the most sophisticated software can be fooled if you understand its working algorithm. Here are three ways you can outsmart plagiarism-checkers without being caught.
Rephrase And Rewrite
This advice might seem redundant, as thats what most writers do when creating papers for a fee. However, sometimes you can forget to rewrite the original piece of text and be accused of plagiarism, however unintended.
To avoid unpleasant situations like that, surround the text you copy directly from the source with [brackets] or /slash marks/. Add numbers at the end of each copied piece and write down the numbered list of sources at the end of the text. This way you can identify the copied text at a glance and properly cite or rewrite it.
PRO TIP: Dont forget to delete any metadata you copy along with text from the websites. It might be invisible, but can be easily identified when the paper is submitted as a text file. The same rule applies to hyperlinks. Blue underlined text draws attention, and even if you format the text to hide the overt signs of a hyperlink, it can still be detected. Carefully delete the hyperlinks and metadata before you format the copied text.
Dilute The Source
Seeing as plagiarism-checkers compare sentences or phrases, you can trick them into believing your text is original by inserting extra words into the source material. Use adjectives or adverbs to make the paper sound smarter.
Utilize a thesaurus to find words with many syllables that sound and look complicated. But dont overuse this method, or your writing might become unreadable and barely understandable. Also, make sure you understand the meaning of long words before you decide to use them.
Substitute Latin Letters With Cyrillic
Did you know that some letters look the same in both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets? Its an important bit of information if you want to fool the plagiarism-checkers. The trick basically requires you to substitute a single Latin letter in all words with a similar looking Cyrillic symbol. Use the find and replace features in your text editor to perform this trick. The letters you can swap are e, c, y, o, and others.
A word of caution: this trick is not an excuse to blatantly copy others work and present it to the client. There is a good chance that soon enough plagiarism-checkers will catch onto this little scheme and will be able to detect plagiarism despite your letter replacements. So err on the side of caution when using this technique.
Of course, teachers and professors can also detect glaring plagiarism. Instructors have read most, if not all, sources you can use for a paper on any given topic for their class. Therefore, they can recognize books, articles, and websites you have ripped off. So stay on the side of caution and do your best to provide original work for the clients.