Detection Resources

The resources on this page can assist with detecting plagiarism. While campus does not provide subscription access to these resources, individuals or departments may subscribe on their own.

Detector Examples

  • Google – enter unique phrases from the term paper in question
  • – compares written work against their large database
  • IThenticate compares submission to material in repositories, from global publishers and syndicators, and more
  • SafeAssign – owned by Blackboard and free to campuses using Blackboard course management software
  • – eliminates every fifth word in student paper; student re-supplies; error rate and time used to arrive at likelihood plagiarism occurred
  • Copyscape – checks to see if a website has been plagiarized.  Useful for comparing two similar papers.
  • SeeSources – matches up whole text passages.

Paper & Essay Sources

  • Course Hero, SparkNotes, Koofers – offers “homework help,” “study guides,” questions and answers from exams, solutions to textbook problems, essays, etc.
  • GradeSaver – edits college applications, papers, theses, etc; editors are referred to as “Harvard-educated”
  • – requires that one join and submit a paper in order to view the free papers

UW-Madison Subscription Full Text Databases and Electronic Versions of Journals

Material plagiarized from published sources may not turn up through web search engine searches or plagiarism detection software. Use these links to find:

Databases, by subject
Individual e-journals
Web of Knowledge/Web of Science (1982- ) – tracks citing and cited references. Search for authors footnoted in the suspect paper or by subject