How to Start a Plagiarism Check

Starting a Plagiarism Check in PlagAware is done with just a few clicks. Nevertheless, you should know a few setting options so that the Plagiarism Check does not lead to unexpected results.

Start the Plagiarism Check in just a few steps

Depending on your area of ​​application, you can start the Plagiarism Check in different ways. You also have other integration options in learning platforms, such as Moodle. Even integration into your own application is possible!

User area

Starting from the user area, you will have the most options for a Plagiarism Check.


You can start the Plagiarism Check of entire class sets at the same time via the library.

Submission form

Make your own upload form available to PlagAware users with just a few clicks.

Start a Plagiarism Check from the user area

PlagAware offers several options for starting a Plagiarism Check. The most extensive options are offered by the user area.

Transfer of the text to be checked

Hochladen eines Texts zum Starten der Plagiatsprüfung.

Simply hand over the text to be checked via Copy & Paste, have it read from a web address (URL) or upload it as a document. PlagAware supports all common file formats , among others

  • arrow_forward Microsoft Office Documents, such as Word or Powerpoint
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  • arrow_forward Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) Documents
  • arrow_forward Pure text documents or formatted text documents

Professional tip

Do you want to upload multiple files at the same time in order to check plagiarism of multiple works? Then upload the files to the personal library and start the Plagiarism Check from there!

Selection of sources and transfer to the library

PlagAware can conduct Plagiarism Checks against online sources and against own texts. Own texts are summarized in the user's personal library.

For each Plagiarism Check, you can decide whether online sources and library sources should be taken into account. Only checking against online sources consumes credits; the Plagiarism Check against your own texts is free!

Optionen zur Durchführung der Plagiatsprüfung

In addition to selecting the sources, you can decide whether your text should be transferred to the library after the Plagiarism Check. This means that future tests will also be carried out against this text.


If you plan to check multiple versions of the same text, you should not add it to the library. This would mean that the text would be considered a full plagiarism of the previous version. However, you can also use the function actively to display differences between two or more text versions. If you have mistakenly checked a plagiarism against an earlier version of your text, you can easily classify this source as irrelevant afterwards and thus exclude it from the evaluation.

Review the job

After you have submitted the text to be checked and made the selection of which sources should be searched, you can check the planned Plagiarism Check again.

Überprüfung des Auftrags

The text to be checked, the settings for the Plagiarism Check and the expected costs are clearly shown in the overview:

  • arrow_forward The name, project and description of the exam are optional parameters that can help you organize your exams and keep track of them.
  • arrow_forward The test text represents the text to be checked for plagiarism. You have the option to edit the text before the exam, e.g. to Table of contents or similar to remove.
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    Stated sources are known sources of the text to be checked, which should be classified as correctly cited. If you enter web addresses (URLs) here, PlagAware will try to read these web addresses and compare them with the text to be checked. All found matches are marked in the test report, but do not count towards the plagiarism assessment of the test report.

    If you mention web addresses (e.g. in your bibliography), PlagAware will automatically classify these web addresses as known sources and treat them accordingly. You also have the option of retrospectively categorizing each source as correctly cited.

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    Excluded sources are used to automatically mark found matches with online sources as excluded. Finds from excluded sources are not marked in the report and do not count towards the evaluation of the Plagiarism Check. Typical examples of excluded sources are e.g. the author's self-declaration, which, although it corresponds to many other works, is of course not a plagiarism. Of course, you can also exclude sources from the Plagiarism Check afterwards.

    A tip: You can also manage sources to be excluded centrally in the Whitelist. This e.g. makes sense if sections of text appear in all the work to be examined, but should not be counted as plagiarism.

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    The Credits indicate how many ScanCredits are calculated after the Plagiarism Check has been successfully completed. A ScanCredit corresponds to one page of text to be checked, as under License models Described.

Order Plagiarism Check

You start the Plagiarism Check by clicking on the corresponding button. If your account has enough ScanCredits, the check will run in the background. Otherwise you will receive a notification and the order will be paused until you have acquired sufficient ScanCredits.

Start the Plagiarism Check from the library

Upload the texts to be checked to the library

The PlagAware library offers the possibility to include your own texts in the Plagiarism check and thus to further improve the accuracy of the Plagiarism check. The library can also be used to store a variety of texts, e.g. an entire class set, uploaded and checked at the same time.

Benutzen der Bibliothek zum 
Hochladen mehrerer Texte.

To do this, open your library and select the Add texts option. You can then select all files for which a Plagiarism Check is to be carried out later.

Then mark the texts in question in your library and click on the magnifying glass symbol to commission the examination.

Choice of sources for the Plagiarism Check

Auswahl der Quellen bei der Beauftragung der Plagiatsprüfung aus der Bibliothek

As before, you can decide which sources to test against. You can also explicitly include or exclude projects by ticking the appropriate box.

Start the Plagiarism Check using a submission form

Starten der Plagiatsprüfung über ein Einreichportal

What is a submission form?

Another way to start a Plagiarism Check is to create a submission form. This function is aimed at teachers who want to offer their students the opportunity to submit their work directly via PlagAware. However, it can also be used to easily integrate PlagAware into your own websites.

Creation of the submission form

A submission form always refers to a project that is assigned to the uploaded work. In a first step, therefore, create a corresponding project.

Erstellen eines Formulars zum Einreichen von Texten für die Plagiatsprüfung

Make sure that you activate the submission portal and save your entries. In the project overview you will see a link to the submission form that you can hand out to students. All texts that are uploaded via the submission portal can be found in your personal library. You can start the Plagiarism Check as described above.

Professional tip

No PlagAware account is required to use the submission portal. If you use PlagAware with a teaching or company license, you can have your own logo inserted in the form to increase the recognition value for learners or employees.

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