Answered By: APUS Librarians Last Updated: Oct 12, 2016 Views: 371941
The best ways to make sure you don't plagiarize are to:
- Carefully keep track of your research before you write. A research journal and citation management tool can be a big help.
- Make sure you paraphrase or quote your sources correctly as you write.
- Double-check that you've correctly cited all of your sources after you write.
But, if you want to double-check that you've done it right once your paper is finished, there are some free plagiarism checkers available. Keep in mind that some of these sites offer limited free services...you may have to subscribe to use all features. Here are a few:
This site reviews several others: Top 10 free plagiarism detection tools for teachers.
Please note: The official plagiarism detection tool used by the University is Turnitin (read more below). The University and the Library do not endorse the free checkers linked above and cannot guarantee that their results will be accepted by your professor.