Copying a thesis from the internet is risky as most universities use anti-plagiarism software.
What is anti-plagiarism software ?
Anti-plagiarism software is a computer programme that examines your text to determine whether it is original or if portions have been copied (even unintentionally).
The temptation to copy-paste pieces of text is strong because of the internet and the availability of specialised articles, insights and ready-made theses.
Because such information remains the same, you may unintentionally write something very similar.
What are the ramifications?
Is it a crime to plagiarise?
Do plagiarism checkers work?
On this page, we answer all your questions and more.
Our consultants will work with you to ensure that your work is original and follows your university’s anti-plagiarism policies by verifying the text with reputable software such as Doctor Plagiarism.
What are the ramifications if plagiarism is discovered in my thesis?
Over recent years, there have been several cases where university students had their thesis rejected, their degree revoked or have even been sued for plagiarism.
- Doctor who plagiarised medical education theses is suspended for six months
- Oxford Students: Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence
- Penalties for work that contributes towards your degree normally include a requirement to submit new work for a reduced or zero mark. Extensive and repeated plagiarism will lead to permanent exclusion from the University
As a result, our students’ theses are guaranteed to be 100% original.
What exactly is plagiarism?
Plagiarism occurs when a (percentage of) text is similar or equal to another text that already exists. Universities use anti-plagiarism software to detect this. This will not distinguish between intentionally copied text and text that is unintentionally similar. As a result, plagiarism can be:
A text that has been copied from somewhere else (internet, book, newspaper, another thesis, etc.
A text that has been copied from somewhere, but a few words have been changed, synonyms have been used or text has been paraphrased (anti-plagiarism software will detect this).
A text you have written is unintentionally very similar to one that already exists (the plagiarism checker is unaware that you did not copy the text on purpose).
A quote that has been mistyped.
Even literally translating a text from another language constitutes plagiarism.
Any other text that is identical or similar to something already available on the internet, in books, documents or articles in the plagiarism checker’s database.
Some universities provide handbooks that outline what constitutes plagiarism. The problem is that even those who wrote the thesis often need to be made aware of whether or not plagiarism detection software will detect plagiarism in their document.
The issue with plagiarism in a thesis is that it is determined by software that cannot distinguish between wilful and unintentional copying.
Are you afraid plagiarism will be detected in your thesis?
Do you think you have copied excessively?
Have you written sentences that are very similar to the text you have studied?
Are you afraid to ask your professor for assistance?
Do you need help with how to use a plagiarism checker and how to understand the report?
We are here for you.
Please send us a message with your requirements. We will respond within 24 hours with all the information you need.
How is plagiarism discovered in a thesis?
Professors, the university office and the exam commission can determine whether your thesis is original or contains copied sections in several ways:
- Plagiarism detection software;
- Entering parts of your thesis in Google;
- The professor or another person knows the text you copied from and notices the similarities;
- The author of the original text accidentally discovers your work and notices the similarities;
- Your professor notices something strange and checks your thesis again.
What is the most popular plagiarism detection software?
Numerous programmes claim to be able to detect copied text.
Universities make sure professors have access to these programmes for free so they check for plagiarism.
Most universities, however, use programmes that are inaccessible to students.
We recommend using reputable software such as Doctor Plagiarism to verify plagiarism percentages in your thesis independently.
They use powerful text verification algorithms that produce results compatible with the software which most universities use.
You can find out if your thesis has a plagiarism problem (even if it is unintentional!) by using a plagiarism checker that is available to students.
Before submitting your thesis or receiving penalties from the commission, it is worth checking the document independently.
You will have complete anonymity and dependability when using Doctor Plagiarism:
Your professor, your family and your university will never know that you used one of these programmes:
- The algorithm and databases coincide for 95% with those used by the most potent software used by UK universities.
- Your thesis is never saved in public or private databases.
- Your privacy is guaranteed: your data is not sold to third parties.
- Your thesis is not resold to other students or used in any other way.
- Free quote directly from their website.
How does plagiarism detection software work?
On the surface, most plagiarism software is quite simple.
Algorithms compare the text in your thesis to that available on the internet and in the software’s database.
Such databases can be more or less considered to be complete as they include books, scientific documents, industry research and other theses handed in to universities over time.
If the software finds a text that is similar to yours (even if it contains paraphrases, synonyms or word order changes), it will report it in a plagiarism report that for instance your professor receives as well.
The software will give your text a mark of originality after checking it.
Your professor or the exam commission may dig deeper into the report’s findings to better understand what type of and where plagiarism was discovered.
In short, anti-plagiarism software is not perfect.
It only compares to a portion of the documents that exist.
It only uses web pages that are already available online and texts that have been entered into their databases.
What will plagiarism detection software not find?
If you would take a (piece of) text from:
- A little-known old book that has never been scanned
- a handwritten research project your grandfather did in school
- an out-of-print specialist magazine
- any other text that has never been published online or digitised.
In these cases, the software cannot detect plagiarism in your thesis.
If it does not know the original text, it has no way of knowing it is identical or similar to yours.
So, plagiarism software could be better.
It is also difficult for algorithms to identify the following:
- mathematical formulas
Only the texts that the software has a copy of are accurately identified.
Most software’s algorithms are advanced, they can signal a text that has been paraphrased (transformed by changing the words or their order) or translated from another language.
It should also be noted that quotations taken from other publications and correctly attributed to the original authors may appear in a thesis.
Nonetheless, some software will flag correctly inserted quotes or some professors may wrongly identify them during a manual check.
In short, never trust a software programme that looks too simple.
The findings of an algorithm cannot be used as proof for plagiarism on its own: it must be checked by a human to ensure that text has been copied.
Are plagiarism checkers effective?
According to what you’ve read thus far, the answer is not so straightforward.
Some software programmes work if the text that has been copied has been incorporated in their databases or websites.
However, no programme works if the text that has been copied is not included in its databases or if the text has been translated from a language that hasn’t been translated before.
A professor with experience in reading theses can detect copied text far quicker than a software’s cold algorithm.
Plagiarism software, in most cases, serves as a deterrent.
A student will most likely avoid copying if they know their professor or university may use plagiarism software.
Or, at the very least, they will focus on properly paraphrasing.
Is correctly quoting considered plagiarism?
Correct citations are always permitted in your thesis.
As long as they are correctly indicated with quotation marks, the author’s name, the source (book, website, etc.) and do not exceed a certain percentage of your original text.
In short, you should never pass off a quote as your own.
The distinction between plagiarism and correct quotation:
Plagiarism is: “Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement.” (Oxford)
Citation: A citation is the use of an expression, sentence or thought attributed to an author other than the one who wrote the text. A citation is defined as such only if the source and author of the citation are reported in a note.
Do you need assistance avoiding plagiarism in your thesis?
We have been working with students from all over UK and Europe since 2012.
The theses we have created together with the students are always unique and have been accepted by even the strictest professors.
Good work is founded on thorough bibliographic and lithographic research, which we carefully supervise.
Research is done by consulting textbooks in libraries, specialised online databases and subscriptions to prominent scientific and economic journals.
We also use research aids such as PubMed.
The use of these sources combined with the creation of original work are the ingredients that ensure a thesis of exceptional quality and readability.
Following university guidelines, all material consulted and used for creating the thesis is appropriately cited in footnotes. Every university uses anti-plagiarism software: thanks to our years of experience, we know exactly which software programme your university uses and how to adjust your work to be correct and authentic.
This is how your professor will be satisfied with your work.
Who are we?
We are Team CETU, a group of young professionals that have been assisting students in graduating since 2012.
We understand your anxiety, hardships and indecisions before graduating university as we have been there ourselves.
We understand how it feels to be nearing the end of your studies and suddenly find yourself unable to start writing your thesis.
We understand you want to finish writing it as soon as possible to enter the workforce or satisfy your parents who have paid for your education.
We’ve been there.
We have also discovered that writing a thesis and assisting others with their project is something we enjoy and excel at.
Sara (who graduated with a 110 in Business Administration, Marketing and Management) is the head of our organisation. Our team also consists of Carmen (who graduated with a 110 in Civil Engineering, Environmental Remediation), Pierpaolo (who graduated with a 110 in Management Engineering, Project Management and Business Production), and Marco (graduated with 110 in Communication Sciences). Depending on the project, we will also work with external collaborators, professors, lawyers and industry professionals.
Contrary to popular belief, graduating is not pointless. Every day, we work with students from all over Italy to assist and advise them on their thesis.
If you have any questions, please email us. We will respond within 24 hours.