FAQ

  1. What is Plagium?

    Plagium is a service of Septet Systems Inc. – a New York-based company that specializes in advanced search solutions for industry, the public sector, and government. We have aimed to provide an easy to use service that applies to a broad base of users.

  2. Why not submit the text query to Google, Yahoo, or other well established search engines?

    You can submit limited text queries to Google, Yahoo, and other search engines. These tools are excellent for searching single terms and expressions, and we encourage you to try this with a large block of text. However, when large text blocks are submitted you will notice some big differences between how these search engines operate and the results obtained from Plagium:

    • Google and the other search engines limit the number of terms that you can enter into the query, typically on the order of 10 to a few dozen terms. However, Plagium can accept much larger blocks of text (and we are working to make the text size even bigger). Therefore, all of your content is evaluated, not just the words at the beginning of your document.
    • Plagium makes use of a proprietary technique that intelligently breaks up the input text into smaller “snippets”. These snippets are matched against Web content in an efficient manner, with the matches scored to determine what documents match the input text. The result is a much cleaner view of possible matching documents – a view that is much less noisy than the results offered by the major search engines.


  3. Can Plagium tell me if somebody plagiarized my text?

    The answer is NO. Plagium only returns links to documents containing text blocks that match what you have presented to Plagium. Such results could imply unauthorized, copied use of your text but we cannot be the judge of that. Plagium cannot ascertain the authority or legitimacy of the documents that it retrieves. We strongly suggest that you seek legal counsel for the course of appropriate corrective action if you believe that somebody or an organization is using, without proper authorization, text that you created.

  4. What is Deep Search?

    Deep Search enables the tracking of usage for large documents containing multiple paragraphs. When performing Deep Search, Plagium applies grammar and word usage rules to break the document’s paragraphs up into chunks of text which are then searched over the Web. Thus, an accurate paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of the text is carried out. The search results are then compiled to determine potential re-use of the overall document or parts of it. Plagium displays the analysis results paragraph-by-paragraph. In the left margin of the browser screen, we see the original text broken down by paragraph. Meanwhile, the right side of the browser screen displays the retrieved documents and Web pages that correspond to each paragraph of the original document. By mousing over any part of a retrieved web link or text, the corresponding original text will be highlighted.

  5. Is Plagium Free?

    Yes and No. Usage search for simple text up to 25,000 characters remains free of charge. Any larger text requires that credits for Plagium use be purchased. All Deep Search will also require the purchase of pre-paid credits. Likewise, the Alerts now require the purchase of pre-paid credits. All purchases can now be conducted through PayPal.

  6. Why do some of the searches take a long time?

    Please understand that our method of operation is not that of the popular search engines, who have the ability to instantly match search terms to the indices of documents stored in their databases. To ensure a thorough, noise-free search, we must examine the entire amount of text that you present, which can thousands of characters long (not the usual one to 5 search terms submitted to the search engines).

  7. What is the Plagium Timeline?

    The Plagium Timeline tracks the usage of text over time. This can be a useful tool for a quick glance at how often a text block in question is reused and propagated to different web publications. Each detected occurrence of the text under investigation is indicated by a “bubble” along the timeline. The larger the bubble, the more the retrieved web page matches the text. Note: some dates may be inaccurate because our system only detects the date of the web page containing the text, not necessarily the date the text was created.

  8. Does Plagium store my submitted text?

    Right now it only holds the text long enough to carry out the search. Afterwards, the text is discarded by our system.

  9. Is Plagium a registry for proprietary text?

    No, we are not at present a registry for text. Please seek legal counsel on how to formally register your text under applicable copyright laws in your state or country.

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