Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2020     Views: 1336

The best ways to make sure you don't plagiarize are to:

  • Keep track of your research before you write: A research journal and citation management tool can be a big help.
  • Make sure you paraphrase or quote your sources correctly as you write.
  • Double-check that you've correctly cited all of your sources after you write.

If you want to double-check that you've done it right once your paper is finished, there are some free plagiarism checkers available.  

Keep in mind that some of these sites offer limited free services. You may have to subscribe to use all features. Here are a few:

The library does not endorse the free checkers above and cannot guarantee their results.

This site reviews several other tools:  Top Ten free plagiarism detection tools for teachers.

Note:  The official plagiarism tool used by MTSU is Turnitin. The University now supports a campus license for several products from to assist faculty in evaluating student written works.

The suite includes Originality Check and GradeMark which are accessed through D2Ldropbox tool. 

The Library does not have access to this feature, so please contact your instructor with questions. See the link below for more information about Turnitin at MTSU.

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