Quoting from documents and sources you’ve researched is an important element of any presentation. So when is the line crossed between using quotes legitimately and when does it become plagiarism?

The answer is,’when you don’t acknowledge a direct quote and/or try to pass off the work as your own. That’s theft.

Plagarisim checkers can be a great help and yes you can get some things checked for free although, as always it’s usually done as part of a trial for a paid service.

A simple test to check the quality of your plagarisim checker is to first paste a world famous quote. I used Shakespeare’s, “Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well.”

The result was interesting and fun.


Oxphrase was the site I entered this famous Shakespeare speech:

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let
her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
come; make her laugh at that.


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My direct quote came up with a typically algorithmic answer. The similarity score came up at 88.2%! Which means I can claim to have go away with 11.8% of the speech myself.

For the other 88.2% of the document the chances of plagiarism were rated as ‘high’.

I won’t be too hard on them, they are the only plagiarism checker that allowed me to to see the report without being asked to sign up or pay.



I fed in our Shakespeare quote to Grammarly and they indicated there was a high likelihood of plagiarism which was a good sign they are on the ball. The Grand Old Man of English literature didn’t quite get 100% on their style exam though.

They found seven examples of “wordy sentences and intricate text”.

Grammarly are making a big name for themselves for their grammar checking services. As many of us have seen online they advertise relentlessly.

They do however offer quality service and are backed by qualified tutors and assessors, usually for a price!

Plagiarism checking and other specialised services are offered only as part of their Premium services.

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However if you want a superficial assessment you can feed in a quote you want to check and get a general indication of whether it is plagiarised or not.

More detailed analysis required signing up to the Premium service.

Edu birdie

Edu Birdie also indicated a high likelihood that our Shakespeare quote was likely to have been lifted from the Bard. They also showed us what source was used to find the cheat.

Edu Birdie are big on encouraging you to use one of their professional writer’s to assess your work.

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I’ll let them speak for themselves. This is their spiel.

“You’ve created a paper for presentation in your educational institution, and want to check content for originality. Or perhaps you’ve ordered papers from writing companies and want to check essay for plagiarism. Whatever the reason, the purpose stays the same – you clearly need to check papers before submission.

If you decided to buy papers from professional authors, you might come across the same problem – copied essays. Don’t give those so-called “helpers” the chance fool you! Use a plagiarism scanner to be sure the paper you’ve received is entirely authentic and is worth the money paid.”


Paste the text you want to test in their homepage window. The maximum length is 1,000 words.

It's good that they actually spell checked my doc but the catch was a full grammar check was an added extra that would only be answered in their premium service. In other words you need to join and pay.