Re: Free Plagiarism Finder?
As part of my current editing assignment I'm supposed to check for plagiarism. I'm finding a lot just by grabbing a suspect sentence and plugging it into Google. (The plagiarism is usually by the paragraph, but the sentence gets me there.)
It's not foolproof, though -- I've found plagiarism in about half the articles by a single author I've edited so far, but am not sure whether the other half are devoid of plagiarism or I just haven't picked the right sentence.
If the simple procedure you describe has a success rate of 50%, perhaps you could automate the process? For example you could write a Python- or Perl- script that reads your author's document line by line, plugs every line into Google, parses the resulting search page, and tells you when Google gets more than X hits on any particular line. Not sure if you're into programming though. Maybe you told me once, but I don't remember.