Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2022     Views: 833604

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to be mindful about your sources during the research and writing process:

The good news is that Microsoft Word makes it easy to check your text and citations as you write! 
Learn how to use Word's similarity checker and citation tools.


There are also some free plagiarism checkers available.  Keep in mind that some of these sites offer limited free may have to subscribe to use all features.  Here are two examples:

This site reviews several others:  Top 10 free plagiarism detection tools for teachers. 


See also: Where can I have my paper proofread or reviewed?

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. 

APUS subscribes to Turnitin, which is integrated into the classroom Assignments tool.  The library does not have access to this feature in the classroom, so please contact your instructor with questions.    Click here to learn more about Turnitin at APUS.


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