Clonewolf Plagiarism Checker (Score: 4 out of 6)
Verdict: Clonewolf is a firm favourite. The accuracy of the scanner is hard to beat and it is super easy-to-use.
Service: Clonewolf Plagiarism Checker
|What are the subscription options? e.g. free, paid only, paid and freeIf paid options, what length of subscription/price structure is offered?||A free sample scan is provided up to 500 words. Normal service is "Pay As You Go" with 1 scan credit costing £2 for up to 5000 words. No subscription is required and registration is free.|
|Maximum word count? (if any)||Each scan credit is for up to 5000 words, so a search for text of 9000 words would cost 2 scans credits.|
|Resubmissions allowed? If so, is this limited?||Each scan is "Pay As You Go" with no resubmissions.|
|Type of scanner E.g. software download, copy and paste, upload document online. Say if multiple options are offered.||"Copy and paste" online scanner.|
|Sources checked E.g. internet, any specific journal databases mentioned, any electronic book databases such as Google docs mentioned, past submissions from other students etc||Websites with exact wording and also with pattern matching for substituted words and grammar. Online pdfs.|
|File types supported E.g. doc, docx, rtf, open office, pdfs, ppts||The user can cut and paste text into the online scanner.|
|Extra features? E.g. grammar checker, spelling checker||Ability to examine text found by individual sources.|
|Support offered? E.g. phone, email etc||There's a friendly contact page where support is offered during office hours UK time.|
|Report / results|
|Type of report Downloadable? Shareable?||Full interactive results are displayed in the browser. PDF reports may be downloaded or emailed to specified email addresses.|
|Side by side comparison to plagiarism?||No, but it does highlight plagiarised text from individual sources.|
|Accuracy of results – Which sections were detected and which were not (make sure the correct source is identified)|
|Basic plagiarism – copied and pasted from a website source||Detected. The online scanner correctly identified the webpage which contained material that had been plagiarised.|
|Basic plagiarism – copied and pasted from an online pdf||Detected. The online scanner correctly identified the online pdf which contained material that had been plagiarised.|
|Some words removed – copied and pasted from a website source||Detected. The online scanner correctly identified the website which contained material that had been plagiarised.|
|Some words changed – copied and pasted from a website source||Detected. The online scanner correctly identified the website which contained material that had been plagiarised.|
|Full paraphrasing – copied and pasted from a website source||Not detected. The online scanner did not identify the website where content had been paraphrased from.|
|Basic plagiarism – copied and pasted from an electronic book||Not detected. The online scanner did not identify the electronic book which contained material that had been plagiarised.|
|General observations Ease of use, overall experience. If other features were included (e.g. spelling, grammar check), how easy were they to use and how useful were they?|
Clonewolf is a professional, modern and easy to use website which is clear on pricing. There are no tricks to make you sign up for extra money or to provide a better or different service to what they offer on the front page. The "Pay As You Go" system is really easy to use and you can buy one credit at a time as you need.
The accuracy of the scanner is hard to beat and you get a full report of matched text and all the relevant sources. It took less than 1 minute to find my text of 3000 words and the report offers more detail than most other scanners on the market. The email feature provided means I can send PDF reports directly to my tutor without needing to print or download anything to prove my work.
I love the detail I get with the results, however the main drawback for me is needing to copy and paste my text into the search box. I contacted Clonewolf support about this; they were friendly, replied the same day, and ensured me their development team would make file uploads available soon.