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I use Grammarly's Plagiarism checker, because the only things unoriginal that I take credit for are bakery goods, deli dishes, and my hair color.
Plagiarism is not a practice that I would purposely ever take part in and I would probably die if I handed in an assignment that even remotely looked like I had copied it. I have a bad habit of copy and pasting information from a research articles into a blank document, so that I can go back to it later, but with my scattered brain, I am all over the place when doing homework. I article hop in-between dinner, kids, and housework, after an interruption, there are times that I will go back to my work and am not entirely sure where I left off, especially if I have put a citation next to the copy and pasted information I wanted to reference. It drives me crazy and I probably need a better system, but between un-medicated ADD (no, not everyone outgrows it) and being pulled in ten directions, I need the quickest way to pull up ideas (sticky notes and relying on my own memory, just have not done it for me). The problem is that ideas start running together, which evokes this extreme paranoia that maybe my paraphrases are not enough of my own thought or that I did not paraphrase at all. My solution is to always check and then check again, because the last thing I want is to be thought of is a lazy cheating idea thief.
Academic integrity is something that I take very seriously so Grammarly is an invaluable resource. One of the many things that I love about Grammarly is that catches unoriginal text before I hand in my research applications. We have a Plagiarism Checker at school, but other than turning in assignments, it is not available to check work before submission, more than a few times during an entire course. I can use Grammarly as often as I need, so if I were to accidentally include phrases and ideas that I had taken from another’s work, I can make the corrections before I am penalized for academic dishonesty. Grammarly looks for possible plagiarized text in their database of more than 8 billion webpages, if Grammarly discovers recycled work, it highlights the texts and offers a possible citation.
I also ALWAYS use Grammarly’s Writing editor, because I am a dangling modifier waiting to happen. Being the self-proclaimed “Queen of Everything” includes comma splices, double-negatives and anything that goes against the writing rules of a well-structured paper.
As I have already said a million times before (a confession made in my bio and in a number of posts before this one), I am not a great writer or even a good one. I certainly will never claim to be. Believe me when I say that in all reality, I know that it will not happen in this lifetime. I write how I talk and have always been oblivious to the rules of writing.
I do not take my oblivion lightly; it actually bothers me quite a lot. While, a few mistakes here and there might be okay in casual communiqué, they do not do much for first impressions. A reader who does not know me outside of cyberspace, would not know that I actually have a decent vocabulary, am articulate, can hold my own in a heated debate (especially if it is an area that I feel passionately about), or that I am educated. Just one (and a half) class, two residencies, and a dissertation stand between a doctrine, and me, yet it has taken this long for me to realize that I while I may have somewhat of a creative mind, my casual style of pen and paper, lack impressiveness (to say the least).
My reliance on auto correct and pre-set writing template is exceedingly heavy. Unfortunately, this dependence does not hold much breadth under the meticulous grading practices of seasoned doctoral professors (or a critical blog reader). I have watched online videos, read writing rulebooks, taken tutorials, and attended webinars until my brain should burst, but sadly to no avail. This rubber brain just will not program! So when running my work through Grammarly, I use both the plagiarism and automated proofreader.
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Grammarly’s plagiarism and proofing return within a few minutes and always have recommendations for any possible errors that it identifies. Grammarly even gives some vocabulary ideas that give the paper a more fluid read.
Grammarly is peace of mind!
Grammarly’s grammar checking technology reviews, improves text choices, offers better grammar uses for spelling, word choice, and offers a plagiarism checker that safeguards against accidental cheating.
How does it work?
You can choose to submit your writing via copy and paste or upload (I usually copy and paste mine). Then select the type of paper you are submitting (research, dissertation, proposal, or blog post), and click on the start the review button. When the scan is complete, anything that Grammarly has identified is broken down into categories, such as, commonly confused words, spelling errors, punctuation, or depending on what type of scan you ran it will indicate possible plagiarism. Areas that might require attention are highlighted with an explanation as to why it could be incorrect, with an example of correct and incorrect sentence structures, as well as, what changes might be a better option. In the case of plagiarism, it highlights similar texts and suggests a possible citation.
I am still a work in progress and will definitely keep trying to improve, but thanks to Grammarly, I do not have to do it all today and am confident that my work is original and not chock full of grotesque writing errors.
If you have a student in your life this could be the Christmas gift that may help them survive until graduation!
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