With so many papers written here and there on any subject, it is next to impossible to write a text that is 100% original. Each time, you fear that there may have been some kid on the other end of the world who apparently had the same idea.
Thinking about it, every teacher nowadays teaches us that “the author meant this” and “the author meant that.” If they have been drilling into us what they want us to think, how are we supposed to come with something original? Basically, all of our ideas are a mirror of something someone else already thought. That idea was eventually written in the textbook, so like the good soldiers that we are, we follow that idea. What they do not realize is that through that, they are actually teaching us how to plagiarize someone else’s ideas.
Turnitin – The Number One Enemy
Every modern student goes nowadays through the same struggle: how to not get caught by Turnitin. Granted, all of our works are supposed to be original, but an essay takes too long to write. Most of the students have classes from morning until dusk, which makes it kind of difficult to write an original essay yourself. A person still needs to sleep, don’t they? That's when the students go to the paper writing services and make orders. Contrary to what our teachers seem to believe, we’re humans, not robots! But still, they decided to bring Turnitin in the picture.
So what is Turnitin? Turnitin is a plagiarism detector that catches strings of similar texts. So if somewhere there’s a long lost twin of your essay, Turnitin will definitely find it. When are they going to make a version of this for people? It will definitely help more lost siblings happy than it helps students. Still, the question remains: how to cheat on an essay without getting caught by the evil Turnitin? Can you actually do it?
Be a Proper Copy-Paster
You can be a master copy-paster if you learn the trick. This will work better on Apple computers than PCs (because Macintosh is definitely our new favorite). All you’ll have to do is hit your Mac and go to the wriggly line thingie + C and put that little blinky vertical line where your plagiarized, Wikipedia copied text will go. After that, click on “Edit,” follow it with a “Paste Special” and end it with an “Unformatted text.” This way, your text will be as clear as day, without any awkward different sizes and codes caught from the Internet page. Looking pretty now, doesn’t it? But now you’re probably thinking: this text is clear-off the same thing from the page! How to copy and paste and not get caught by that vile plagiarism detector every teacher seems to love? It will sure be caught if I turn it in like this!
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Escape the Clutches of Turnitin
Many students have lost the fight with Turnitin. Others won it gloriously and followed it with a night of celebration. We have talked with those students that managed to trick the hell out of Turnitin and give it a run for its money. One of the things they kept recommending was to switch letters into another, foreign font that looks pretty much the same. So how to plagiarise without getting caught based on that, you may ask? It’s simple. Take the letter “e” from Cyrillic and use it instead of your “e.”
Just go to the good old Google and look for “Cyrillic e.” Then hit Apple + F in the document, which should bring out the “Find” menu. You will go towards the “find and replace” menu, where you will instruct it to find “e” and replace it with the Cyrillic version of “e.” You can also look up macro. With this, you can take a plagiarized text and replace with some non-plagiarized mumbo jumbo. Your teacher will see the copied text while Turnitin will see the other thing.
Technically, none of this can be called cheating; you’re simply writing on your computer. The fact that you’re customizing it or writing in your chosen alphabet should be completely irrelevant. Plus, didn’t your teachers tell you to ‘respect the opinions of the critics?” Well, you sure are… to the point where you want to use everything they said. This was our version on how to copy and paste an essay without getting caught. We hope you found it helpful.