Plagiarism 101: Pros and Cons of Plagiarism Tricks
We’ve always had plagiarists in our midst; and ever since then, we’d developed the need of plagiarism hunters as well. It’s like a cat and mouse game that continuously keeps evolving because each other manages to one-up the other.
In the case of plagiarists, the one doing the plagiarizing will always end up first. However, once they get the gist, professors will always find a way to counter those tricks. Sometimes it might work, but other times, you may end up with a big red stamp reading “plagiarized” on your paper. But can we learn how to cheat plagiarism detection software? We can – but it’s going to be risky. Depending on how advanced your school is, these options may either get you an A+ or an F-.
1. Using Macros
This trick was fairly common in the modern age since it was based solely on word processors – to be more precise, Microsoft Word.
The idea is pretty smart, and it taught many students how to beat plagiarism checkers successfully. Basically, you would have to write a non-plagiarized paper (irrelevant to your topic, it can be some scribbles you wrote as a kid) and use macros for swapping it with the desired document. Since plagiarism checkers won’t be able to read macros, you’ll get a free pass.
Why it’s risky: The problem with this method is that if the software doesn’t recognize the words, it’s going to get rejected. It will only work on old anti-plagiarism tools that weren’t “updated” to catch any oddities.
2. Swapping Letters
This one is pretty similar to the macro method, but this time you will be changing one letter. You will simply take one letter that is often used in the language and change it to a letter of another alphabet that looks similar. To your professor, it will only look like, for instance, an “E,” and your plagiarism checker won’t be able to identify a matching sentence.
Why it’s risky: This method actually worked wonders when it was discovered. A lot of students used it, and most of them would pass with flying colors. However, since it was discovered, developers tried to counter it – and now, a lot of plagiarism checkers can actually detect those similar-looking letters.
3. Avoiding their Database
Here’s the thing: most plagiarism checkers will only catch what they have already seen before – so if you turn in a paper that has not yet been scanned by them, you’ll be able to bypass plagiarism checker. In order to do this, you will have to copy a text that is not really known (or at least not found on the first pages of the search engines).
Why it’s risky: You can’t know for sure what has been scanned or what hasn’t. Plus, this method has been around for a while; maybe some other student had the same stroke of genius that you did and will dig until they reached the same text. It’s pretty much like trying the lottery.
4. Carefully Rewriting
The theory for this one is great: you simply have to rewrite the whole text in such a way that it won’t be detected. Since plagiarism detectors can only detect strings of matching text, your text will come out clean.
Why it’s risky: Look at it this way: your professor has been teaching for a while. He or she may have already given out this topic before – which means they will probably notice when each sentence has the same idea as in the other 50-something essays they read before.
You can learn how to trick plagiarism checker, but keep in mind that it’s not without risks. The safest path to getting a good grade is to try coming up with something yourself. A “B” or “C” for an average original essay will sure be better compared to the “F” of a plagiarized one.