About Scribbr

Category: Plagiarism Checker
Scribbr is a plagiarism detection software that helps students improve their writing. It matches text to various sources, including websites, journals, and books. Scribbr has become the leading provider of plagiarism checking services for students, with over 1 billion documents checked to date.

Company: Scribbr

Scribbr is powered by Turnitin, the world’s leading plagiarism detection technology.  It was founded in 2012 by three students who were tired of seeing their friends struggle with plagiarism. The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In-Depth Analysis

0 Overall
Price 4.5
Performance 3.5
Ease Of Use 5.0
Features 5.0
Support 5.0

Pros

  • Access to the biggest database in the world, including several academic databases
  • You can exclude certain text like quotes and bibliographies
  • You can set whether to compare the text with Internet sources or publications only

Cons

  • Slower than other checkers
  • Low accuracy based on personal experience

Scribbr Comparisons

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Plans & Pricing
Small document
$19.95
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  • Checks your document up to 7,499 words
Regular document
$29.95
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  • Checks your document from 7,500 - 49,999 words
Large document
$39.95
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  • Checks your document from 50,000+ words

 

Performance

Scribbr claims that it uses the largest database in the globe, comprised of 99.3 billion web pages, 8 million publications, and over 20 languages. Though it may appear that Scribbr’s plagiarism checker is powerful, I was not impressed with the experience.

I tested the free tool on two articles lifted from online blogs, and the results were varied and quite lacking.

First, I checked the plagiarism of a recent blog of less than 1,000 words. After around 30 seconds, Scribbr revealed that the article, which I directly copied from its source, has a low risk of plagiarism. Similarity percentage was only available on Premium.

Performance of plagiarism checker Scribbr

Afterwards, I tested another recent blog with twice the number of words. After a minute, it showed me that the article had a moderate risk of plagiarism. It listed the top three websites to which the article was most similar to, but interestingly, it did not show the blog where it was directly lifted from. Additionally, the free version did not reveal the complete URL and blurred the portion with text similarity.

Scribbr Performance results

The speed of the plagiarism report is fair considering my poor internet speed at the time at only 5 Mbps, although there are other plagiarism checkers that are faster. The checker does deliver on its promise to finish its analysis in under 10 minutes, though it can be shorter depending on the length of the text.

To compare, Grammarly can easily detect the same two articles to be 100% plagiarized in less than 15 seconds.

This leads to concern regarding Scribbr’s accuracy. It appears the length of the articles affects the result, as well as how recently it has been published.

Ease of Use

The user interface of Scribbr is straightforward, so you don’t need to be a tech expert to use it. Here, I will show you how to simply check your document for plagiarism with Scribbr.

First, go to the homepage and select the “Plagiarism Checker” section. Then, upload your document by clicking on the “Upload your document” button.

Scribbr ease of use for uploading documents

Once your document is uploaded, the plagiarism checker will analyze your text and compare it to billions of web pages and documents.
After completing the analysis, you will see the results of the plagiarism report, including the percentage of similarity to other sources and a list of matching passages.

Scribbr ease of use of identifying sources

It would be easy to use Scribbr daily, especially if you primarily work with MS Word or PDF files. However, the free trial is very limited, with only a generic description of the level of plagiarism.

Customer Support

Scribbr has an extensive knowledge base with video tutorials and FAQs. If you need help, their team is available 24/7 via live chat and email to answer any of your questions.

Scribbr also offers additional resources to help you improve your writing skills. Their free resources include a grammar guide, APA citations guide, and tips for improving your writing. Through the Scribbr Academy, you can access more in-depth courses.

As I scroll down to the main page, I can find what Scribbr offers when it comes to customer support. I can see that they have an extensive knowledge base with video tutorials and FAQs.

Scribbr customer support-ask the team

For FAQs, Scribbr has a search bar on their website so you can type in a keyword and find the answer to your question without having to scroll through a long list of questions.

Scribbr FAQ Customer Support

Scribbr also provides videos to show how to use the different features of the site. I found these videos helpful in getting started with using the plagiarism checker.

If you ever need to use live chat, you can be sure that the Scribbr team will be there to help you. To share my experience, I had a question about how to properly cite a source in a paper, and they were able to quickly guide me to the right resources.

Scribbr live chat bot support

After a few minutes, I was connected to Tim who is part of their customer support team. He provided a link that redirected me to their knowledge base about citing sources according to APA.

Customer Support Scribbr

Phone Support
Phone Support
Scribbr has a phone support system available from 2 am to 10 pm
Live Online Chat
Live Online Chat
Scribbr has a live chat support available from 9:00 to 23:00 CET.
Email
Email
There is an option for all users to email the support team.
Video Tutorials
Video Tutorials
There are a number of videos available on YouTube.
FAQ
FAQ
The FAQ covers basic and advanced software-related issues.
Blog
Blog
Blog available on the website.
Features & Functionality
General Features

Scribbr provides a platform where users can check their documents for plagiarism. The software is web-based, making it accessible from any internet-connected device. The best features of Scribbr include:

Plagiarism Check

Scribbr’s plagiarism checker pulls up the original sources of any copied text, as well as provides a similarity score which tells you how much your text has similarities to other sources. The tool will automatically arrange the matching sources according to the plagiarism percentage.

Scribbr report within 10 minutes feature

Scribbr also has a unique self-plagiarism check feature that allows you to customize the sources to be checked. You can upload your past works or any other unpublished works for the tool to keep them in mind while scanning your texts for plagiarism.

Citation Finder

Scribbr offers a different citation tools, including APA and MLA citation generators. A citation checker is also available, which specifically detects errors in citations using artificial intelligence. It points out any stylistic errors based on the APA style; plus, it catches citation inconsistencies too. Aside from presenting the mistakes, the tool will also provide suggestions on how to correct them.

Scribbr reference generator feature

Content Scan

Scribbr scans your content within 10 minutes and highlights the text in different colors per references it is similar to. It also labels the different sections with numbers according to the list it generated for easier checking.

Scribbr Plagiarism checker report

Text Similarity

In addition to reporting, the overall similarity of the article to other references, Scribbr shows the percentage similarity to specific references and includes the excerpt in the report.

Scribbr Plagiarism checker with similarity percentage

Reporting/Analytics

Scribbr’s plagiarism report is similar to other plagiarism checkers I have tested. It displays the basic information you need, including the percent similarity and URLs of similar content online. However, it sets itself apart by giving the user the flexibility to search either internet or publication repositories and excluding certain types of text, like quotes and bibliographies.

Scribbr Feature- checking a specific source

Multiple File Format Support

Scribbr supports OpenOffice Documents (ODT), Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX), and PDF file formats.

Multiple Languages Support

Scribbr’s advanced plagiarism checking technology is capable of scanning documents in more than 20 languages. The support spans from languages like French, Spanish, Italian, and German, to Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Croatian, and Serbian.

Scribbr supported languages

Privacy Guarantee

Scribbr is 100% private and safe to use. The software will never add any document you upload to their database for other plagiarism checkers to see.

Features
  • Plagiarism Check
  • Style Editor
  • Citation Finder
  • Content Scan
  • Text Similarity Detection
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Multiple File Format Support
  • Spell Checker
Grammar
Features
  • Grammar Check
  • Tone Check
  • Sentence Formatting
  • Style Editor
  • Vocabulary Recommendations
  • Sentence Rephrasing
  • Dictionary
Product Type
Features
  • Standalone Application
  • Plugin
  • Browser Application
  • Desktop Application
Database Type
Features
  • Custom Database
  • Internet Content
  • Proprietary Database
  • Academic Databases
Verdict

Scribbr is an excellent plagiarism checker that offers a wide range of features to its users. Most importantly, it uses a large global database compared to competitors and is easy to use. The tool is best for students and teachers, especially considering its repository for academic publications and citation tools. However, after testing its performance on online blogs, it may not be a good fit for online content creators.

Noah Edis
Author: Noah Edis
Noah Edis is a freelance writer and systems engineer with a wealth of experience in modern hardware and software. When he's not working on his latest project, you can find him playing competitive dodgeball or pursuing his personal interest in programming.
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