Quetext is a plagiarism checker and a citation tool that has very affordable pricing and some very useful features that makes it a more convenient and versatile option than many of its rivals.
I started using it when I went back to university as a part-time mature student, retraining to a Sports Science degree. Juggling my studies and a full-time job as well as family responsibilities, I just don’t have the time to spend in the library that I used to when I was working on my first degree. Keeping track of every source is a huge pain, and Quetext makes life that little bit easier.
But before we get into the lets discuss a bit about plagiarism.
Honest Quetext Review
First and foremost let me make it very clear that this review is by no mean sponsored by Quetext. Whatever I’m sharing with you guys here in this review is completely my own personal thoughts based on my personal experience with this tool.
How Conventional Plagiarism Detectors Works?
The demand and usage of application to detect plagirized content is becoming increasingly common, both in the academic scene and online publications. Today almost every content writer, internet marketer, student and researcher wants to publish “only” 100% unique and properly cited contents.
One challenge that I have found while I have been working on essays and when I’ve been trying to build up a portfolio of published articles online is that proving that your content is unique is not always easy.
Many ‘plagiarism detectors’ look just at the words that are next to each other. You could write out a popular quote, or the first lines of the national anthem, and they would be flagged as plagarized content because they are a series of repeated words that appear in a lot of different documents.
Now, that’s not useful. I mean, if you can’t write about the Krebs cycle for converting carbohydrates into energy without using the correct scientific terms just because those terms appearing close to each other would be considered plagiarism then the tool that you are using to check your text is either way too sensitive and is showing you the false positives. This is where Quetext differs.
How Quetext Works?
Quetext uses contextual checking, so it will not flag up a short block of repeated text unless the text next to it also appears to be copied for another source. A simple quote is unlikely to get flagged. If the text explaining the quote is also repeated or is even re-written using synonums, then it will be more likely to be classed as plagiarism.
Furthermore, whenever you use Quetext to scan your content, it matches your content with its database of more than 35-billion cached webpages ( and growing every second ), more than a million journals for all crediable sources and cached copy of more than 20-million books.
The tool can also detect attempts to hide plagiarism, such as rearranged sentences, rearranged paragraphs or changing a couple of words for synonyms while leaving the rest of the sentence structure the same.
Of course, my own intent is not to copy anything. I do want to make sure, however, that I don’t accidentally simply rephrase texts that I’m looking at. It’s all too easy to just sit down and type from a source, not realising that all you’re doing is rewording it, rather than reading and understanding multiple sources and doing genuine research. My professors, and my editors, are more likely to accept a report from QueText because they trust the way that the tool is set up.
I subscribed to the premium version of Quetext because it offers several convenience improvements.
Firstly, when I’m using the tool to flag up sources that I have extracted information from (so that I can make sure that I’ve cited them correctly), I can exclude sources that I don’t want to use.
This is handy if there are papers published on multiple platforms since I can use the ones which are considered to be high-quality sources and ignore the lower quality/scraped journals. I can also ignore secondary sources, Wikipedia, and question and answer sites which aren’t considered trustworthy.
Secondly, it’s handy being able to submit multiple papers at once. Additionally, Quetext allows you to scan documents with up to 25,000 words.
25,000 word count limit is more than generous enough for me! It’s also handy being able to upload a document instead of needing to copy-paste, and to be able to download reports with automatic citings and comments.
Thirdly, I’ve noticed that I have a habit of using common turns of phrase far too much. While that isn’t exactly the same as plagiarism, and even the pickiest of editors has never accused me of copying for starting a post with “Training for a triathlon can be intimidating” or “Training for a martial arts tournament can be intimidating”, those phrases are something that they frequently edit out.
I must confess, they’re lazy and they aren’t a hallmark of good writing. Having access to my own convenient plagiarism checker has helped me to identify when I use lazy phrases like that, and I can save the reports and come back to my work a day or so later and try to reword those sections.
Fourthly, Over time, I have become a much more confident and creative writer because I’ve had my bad habits pointed out to me by an impartial machine.
No offense to editors, they are great at their jobs. However, there is something about getting negative feedback from a human that feels more personal and sometimes it does hurt the ego. Machines are objective and that has helped me a lot.
I highly recommend this tool to anyone who wants to become a better writer. Both for academic and professional purposes.
Quetext offers two pricing plans or better to say subscription plans.
Below you can find more details on their plans along with a comparision table.
The Free Plan
You can signup on Quetext for free and can enjoy the benefits for their free account. With free subscription you scan maximum of 500-words at once. Their is also a limit of 3 scans which means you can scan maximum of 1500 words with your free account. Furthermore, you cannot upload documents which means you will have to copy and paste your content into this tool. You also cannot download the reports or exclude the sources.
The biggest disadvantage with free subscription is that your content scans won’t use the DeepSearch™ technology and so you can assume that your scan results won’t be 100% true.
The Professional Plan
The fruit and started just $ 9.99 per month and gives you access to all features of this tool. You get unlimited sets limits along with unlimited reports limit. You can scan documents with up to 25,000 words and can download the PDF report with highlighted content which Quetext believes is plagiarized from another source.
Additionally you get the option to exclude the sources for citation along with access to premium after sales support.
Free vs Pro Plan
|500 Words||25,000 Words||Limit|
|No||Yes||Upload to check|
|No, Only Basic||Yes||Premium Support|
What Is Plagiarism?
Growing up I had always believed that plagiarism would involve intentionally taking the work of another and rewriting it to make it my own. It was something that my collage teachers, especially in English and History, had emphasized would result in a failing grade or possibly worse. This emphatic assertion that I heard year after year drilled it into me that it was critical to be mindful of using proper citations in every academic paper I wrote.
After entering university proper citation and 100% unique content became even more important. Professors gave far more grace to young students that were clearly just learning how to properly cite their sources, but there was no room for error in university. I vividly remember a professor telling the entire philosophy class I was taking that if he suspected plagiarism he would take action, up to and including possible expulsion from the course for one week. The statement was intimidating to say the least, but it was also extremely effective. I would be sure to never make that mistake during my student life.
While I was in my university the emergence of programs that could check for plagiarism just began to emerge. While I can’t say any of my professors had used them to compare any of my work, or the work of my classmates to what had been uploaded to the databases, the knowledge that it was possible definitely changed the academic atmosphere. I recall having discussions with my peers about how this technology had changed what likely had been more common than it should have been. Anyone that attended school knew there were others that cheated regularly. It even raised a concern with some that they could be accused of cheating because someone else stole their work. Fortunately, I never heard of this actually occuring.
For a number of years after graduating I worked in various fields and in many ways lost touch with the advances in programs that could detect plagiarism. Through a random chain of events I was led into the field of professional content writing. This is where I was reminded of the fact that a unique idea is extremely rare. In fact, it became apparent that not only was it rare to have a unique idea, it is extremely common to structure a sentence exactly as someone else had in the past.
As a content writer it is standard to use a program to be sure that writers are not simply copying and pasting other people’s work. There are a number of them but the few I am most familiar with are known as Quetext and Copyscape. One of the reasons that I found content writing to be lucrative was that I have a wealth of knowledge, meaning that I often did not need to do research to create great content. However, even with that being the case, I often had my work being flagged by the program. Sometimes entire blocks of words were identical.
Due to this I have worked to be more creative in my wording. While it has reduced the frequency of my work being flagged, it still does occur from time to time. In short, the chances that someone else has had the same thought or wrote the same phrase before me is more likely than my thought being completely original.