Research and Plagiarism

Last Update: January 09, 2020

Blogging Requires Research

Creating content requires research. I'm curious as to how others here process their research.

While working on a post for my hypnosis niche, I rely on my library of hypnosis books and scripts as well as the research I do on the internet. From my books I will cite direct quotes.I save information from the internet. to a text file for later processing.

My Question To You

Do you use a plagiarism checker and if you do which one do you use?

Thanks, I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

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enriquetrips Premium
I didn't know such a thing existed, to be honest. I mostly write my posts based on my experience and opinions, but when I use material from other sources, I make sure to refer my readers to the source.
Also, I don't just copy and paste, but rather reword whatever material I use.

I'll look into that plagiarism checker you mention. Thanks for sharing.
John2handy Premium
To see if someone else thought of my idea before I did?

Seriously though, I believe there is a difference between claiming some else's work as original and capitalizing on it, and using something someone else says to sell your product, or idea.

I don't know who said it, but I liked it. " I don't worry about plagiarism, I can come up with ideas faster than they can steal them."
CarolMeador Premium
This is a very interesting and important topic. Thanks for posting it. I learned a lot from both you and the comments. I am careful to put everything I read into my own words, but as several people have mentioned in your comments, there are many phrases that everyone uses in conversation that could appear to be plagarized.

I was not aware of the plagarism checker websites that your commenters have shared, but I plan to check into them.

I am very low tech. When I do research, I look up the subject online, print out the relevant page, then highlight what I plan to use so I can utilize the info in my own words. It's sort of a "high tech" knock off of the index card method I learned when I was in college back in the "dark ages".
chrisvs Premium
Great tip, thanks!
CarolMeador Premium
You're welcome, Chris.
JrzyGrlBJ Premium
I haven't tried a plagiarism checker yet.
I try to take what I've research and talk about it in ways how I have experienced the topic. My niche is dogs. I've had dogs all my life, so when I research a topic I choose one that I know, I can put my own experiences behind it.

SondraM Premium
No, I do not use a plagerism checker. I tend to follow the source trial to the most authoritative source possible. Those groups tend to have their own reviews prior to an item being published.

That said, I will occasionally copy a couple of sentences and paste them into Google. In those cases, I will be able to find out if I am looking at original article or one that has been copied or distributed to numerous people/websites.

Best wishes

Ps - I just read the others comments. No, I have never taken the time to check to see if I might have accidentally plagerized someone else while writing in my own voice.