Checking for Originality

NMSU students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook and submit only original work. Plagiarism, or the passing off of others’ words, ideas, or work product as your own, is unacceptable and is considered Academic Misconduct. Sometimes students plagiarize because they are unfamiliar with when and how to cite and reference someone else’s work.

As a student,  it is your responsibility to learn how not to plagiarize. Visit the NMSU library’s Plagiarism and Best Practices to Avoid Plagiarism sites for some excellent resources on avoiding plagiarism. Students are encouraged to be proactive and check their work using free or low cost originality checker tools before submitting the assignment.

Visit the Plagiarism On Campus website for a wealth of resources for detecting, preventing and avoiding plagiarism.  Check your understanding of plagiarism at WriteCheck Plagiarism Quiz, Clark College Information Research and Instruction Suite (IRIS), or  Purdue’s Online Writing Lab’s exercises for avoiding plagiarism.

Faculty can support students in avoiding plagiarism by taking a proactive approach.

  • Include a Plagiarism or Academic Integrity section in your syllabus
  • Link to resources and quizzes for learning about plagiarism so students can check their knowledge
  • Point students to originality checker resources
  • Require students to check their assignments before submitting them

Faculty are encouraged to add this webpage URL to their syllabuses and point students to free or low cost originality checker tools.

There are a variety of accessible originality checker resources available online or as downloads. The originality checkers listed below are free or low cost. Some of them have word limit restrictions or only operate on Windows or Mac operating systems.

ViperRequires a download
Microsoft Windows only
It scans 10 billion sources, which includes your computer and the Internet.
Easy side-by-side highlighted comparison.
free for students and faculty
Plagium Just paste in the original portion of text (should not be more than 250 characters) and hit “search”. Free Quick Search allowed 3 times/day.You can also check URLs and files but you will have to sign up with
PlagiarismChecker Plagiarism Checker scans text by Google or Yahoo search
Plagiarisma.netPlagiarisma has a search box as well as a software download available for Windows. Users can also search for entire URLs and files in HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, ODT and PDF formats. 190+ languages supported for free! Need to register for claims its licensing fees are, on average, between 35% and 70% lower than competing services.The service can scan multiple languages, and users can compare papers. Reports clearly highlights WHAT has been plagiarized from WHEREFree and paid for services
Basic account – $20 for 5 documents
Dustball Plagiarism Checker The easy-to-use system allows users to paste entire papers into a search box.Premium version – $8
Plagiarism DetectThe system takes about 5-7 minutes per page, which makes for thorough examination.$0.50 per page