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 let’s 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 the application to detect plagiarized content is becoming increasingly common, both in the academic scene and online publications. Today almost every content writer, internet marketer, student, and the 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 plagiarized 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 synonyms, 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 credible sources and a 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 realizing 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 comparison table.
The Free Plan
You can signup on Quetext for free and can enjoy the benefits for their free account. With a free subscription, you scan a maximum of 500-words at once. There is also a limit of 3 scans which means you can scan a 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 a 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 college 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 occurring.
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, but it is also 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 not possible.
Why It’s Necessary to Write Detailed and Plagiarism Free Articles?
The Internet has revolutionized the way we access information, locate service providers and engage in retail behavior. The use of the Internet has become increasingly important to companies wishing to secure new markets, address new customer demographics and engage in communication that is designed to maintain customer loyalty while all the time actively feeding the sales funnel. However, as Internet marketing becomes almost ubiquitous it has become readily apparent that only those organizations which have the skills and commitment to properly leverage the medium will be able to thrive in an age where the digital economy becomes ever more dominant. One of the essential skills will be the provision of content that is optimized to deliver superior results when Internet users employ search engines to locate goods and services.
Although advertising on a variety of platforms such as the social media will deliver a certain number of customers to websites where the sales process can begin search engine results are still incredibly important. In order to appear on the first page of the search results, the organization must ensure that their SEO practices conform to the specific requirements of companies like Google in terms of content. Why is that first page so important? The latest results indicate that 91.5% of Google traffic is as a result of search engine users clicking on the results of that first page. Move on to the second page and that figure falls to 4.8&. The importance of a first-page search engine ranking cannot be overstated.
So aside from a number of other considerations when it comes to SEO what role does the unique content provided by a company play in increasing their chances of that first-page ranking?
The answer is of course that it is probably the most important criteria used by the Google algorithms to rank results – along with the judicious use of keywords. Of course, the unique content must also be relevant to the target audience and take into account trends and the ongoing results of measurement around the success of the marketing program.
Quality unique content positions the company as an expert – and Google rewards expert opinion and relevant content. The knock on effect for businesses is that they become trusted sources of information and by extension, their brand and products become trusted as well.
So what contributes to quality unique content?
There are basically four components that are required in order to be assured that the content will be favorably viewed as significantly adding to the overall user experience.
The first is that the content must be meaningful and comprehensive in nature.
The second is that the content should ideally be ‘long form’ allowing for an in-depth examination of a particular topic.
The third contributor to success is the provision of media-rich content such as original video, podcast or even images (or a combination of these elements).
Lastly, the content should be pitched at a level that the reader or visitor finds easy to understand and digest. If these four components are combined effectively and taking into account the guiding principle of the uniqueness of content then the company has every chance of dominating its chosen markets through superior search engine ranking.