About PlagScan

Category: Plagiarism Checker
PlagScan is a plagiarism checker that offers detailed similarity reports and checks documents against the Internet, academic portals, and participating publishers.

Company: Turnitin

Turnitin's mission is to improve learning outcomes and ensure educational integrity. The Turnitin team has been helping educational institutions promote honesty, consistency, and fairness for 20 years. Students, researchers, and professionals use their products to do their best, original work and to guide their students towards higher standards of integrity.

In-Depth Analysis

0 Overall
Price 4.0
Performance 2.0
Ease Of Use 4.0
Features 3.0
Support 3.0

Pros

  • Pre-pay pricing instead of subscription-based
  • Can check against other users’ works
  • Pulls up correct sources

Cons

  • Limited features
  • Not very accurate
  • Limited support

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$5.99
/24 Pages
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14-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Comprehensive Plagiarism Report
  • Document Manager
  • Plagiarism Prevention Pool
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Performance

PlagScan performs at a decent speed. For 192 words, a report was generated after 26.55 seconds. For 500 words, the tool analyzed it in under 1 minute and 12 seconds. This was all achieved with my internet speed of 83.11 Mbps.

However, PlagScan is not as accurate as it claims. I tested 10 documents, all of which had blatantly copied texts from popular websites, or websites that ranked high in both Bing and Google. I even included texts from a 2021 Sonary blog article.

Performance of plagscan checker - with different documents tested

From these 10, only 4 articles were detected to have exact matches. PlagScan gave the rest a 0% plagiarism score, which was concerning. On the bright side, the matches that PlagScan detected were all accurate.

PlagScan after checking document with 0.0% plagiarism

For the documents with the 0% score, I mixed plagiarized paragraphs from different sources. Although they were from mixed sources, they were still exact matches, and a good plagiarism checker would catch all of those.

PlagScan after mixing in various plagiarized paragraphs to check for accuracy

Ease of Use

Although PlagScan’s interface can be a bit daunting at first due to the detailed plagiarism features on display, even a novice user can pick up things easily. It is clean and easy to navigate, and the information provided is easy to digest.

PlagScan ease of using the plagiarism checker

The standard view puts the document in the middle and the plagiarism level info at the top, while the side-by-side view allows you to compare your document to the text from detected sources.

The tool features different color codes for easy review. Red highlights mean the texts are exact matches, while blue highlights indicate rewritten phrases. What’s even more useful is the color bar feature that gives you an overview of the report. You can click on parts of the bar to immediately jump to the corresponding section with plagiarized text.

Most of PlagScan’s integrations are for LMS like Moodle and Canvas. But it does provide its API for businesses that want to build their own.

Customer Support

PlagScan’s customer support is limited because it only offers email and phone support. However, the company makes up for lacking support channels with its video guides, blogs, and FAQs.

Since only email support is offered, I tried it out via the contact form provided on the website. I asked basic questions like whether or not PlagScan offered integrations for Google Docs and Microsoft Word. I received a reply within 4 hours and got a curt reply of two words.

Plagscan Email support

Meanwhile, the FAQs page is easy to navigate. I got the answers I needed in a matter of minutes. It answers plenty of questions regarding plagiarism features and data privacy, the latter of which I was particularly interested.

The video tutorials were also decently produced. They mostly cover basic instructions like configuring your settings for plagiarism checking and setting up an account.

Phone Support
Phone Support
+49 221 75988994
Email
Email
Email support is provided through a contact form on the website.
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

PlagScan coloured mapping of sources

PlagScan is a straightforward plagiarism checker designed for anyone who requires a plagiarism checker. It has handy text and source matching features that helps improve academic integrity and encourage users to produce original writing. Aside from its plagiarism checks, it offers no other capabilities (like grammar and spelling checks).

Source List

PlagScan checks for plagiarism against various sources, including the Internet, publishers, and even user-submitted documents. The Source List feature displays all these matches and categorizes them according to the source type.

Plagiarism Level

This feature indicates the percentage of matched text in a document. Yellow tells users their document contains a large amount of plagiarized text, while red warns them of suspiciously similar phrases that should be reviewed. 

Citation Detection

Citation detection lets the tool recognize direct quotes and if they were properly referenced. It is customizable too, and you can configure how it will treat quotes in a document so that your plagiarism level won’t be affected.

Whitelist

This feature allows users to exclude content from the plagiarism analysis. It can be specific URLs, websites with similar content, or text phrases. This is useful if you want don’t want common phrases or expressions to affect your plagiarism percentage.

Plagiarism Prevention Pool

PlagScan’s database continues to expand thanks to the Plagiarism Prevention Pool (PPP). It is an exclusive joint archive consisting of documents submitted by other users. You can have your document cross-checked against the archive to help avoid plagiarism from other users’ works. Organizations partnered with PlagScan contribute to this archive, but users also have the option to keep their submissions private.

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

PlagScan is a software program purely for plagiarism detection, but it is not entirely accurate. While the matches it detects are often correct, there are more times when the tool fails to detect any form of plagiarism. It also does not offer any other features that could elevate it from the rest. Furthermore, customer support is rather limited.

However, PlagScan is easy to use and has useful capabilities to improve your text originality. It may be more convenient for students than it is for professionals since it can integrate with popular LMS.

Overall, PlagScan’s downsides outweigh its highlights. Other school-based plagiarism checkers, such as Unicheck, are simply stronger and more accurate.

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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