Can Turnitin Detect QuillBot?

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Can Turnitin Detect QuillBot?

Can Turnitin detect Quillbot? This is a reasonable question since Turnitin is good at catching any plagiarism in the posted data. However, Quillbot is a paraphrasing tool so what does that mean for your work? 

Does Turnitin Detect Quillbot?

No, in no way, Quillbot is undetectable by Turnitin. This is because paraphrasing is not actually recognized by Turnitin’s algorithms. Instead, they discover overlapping grammatical structures, phrases, and sentence types.

When you use Quillbot to paraphrase your content, it appears original and makes it challenging for Turnitin to find similar stuff.

To avoid plagiarism and sentence duplication in an article, Quillbot rewrites sentences. It manages literal paraphrasing without changing the sentence’s meaning.

Since Turnitin looks for text similarities, it will be challenging for it to compare and identify plagiarism in articles that Quillbot has altered.

Quillbot does a fantastic job of completely rewriting each word in a sentence so that it differs significantly from the original. Turnitin merely compares the text to content that is already stored there.

Direct quote marks and in-text citations are not recognized. It is not a tool to identify plagiarism; it is merely text-matching software. Only the percentage of the content that has been matched to other data in its library is displayed in its score.

So, Turnitin cannot detect when you have used Quillbot for its paraphrasing capabilities. Rest assured, if you did use Quillbot, it will also not be reflected by the score your content is given on Turnitin.

Does Quillbot Have A Hidden Signature?

You may or may not know what a hidden signature is, which is essentially an authentication stamp for digital documents, files, images, ect. A good way to understand what it does is to relate it to a watermark on money or a valuable painting/image.

The hidden signature is basically the digital equivalent of a watermark, which means that the Turnitin software can sometimes see the hidden signature from an information source that you used for your essay, article, or otherwise.

You can visualize the hidden signature as a callback to the original source of the information that you used, which means that Turnitin can use the hidden signature to identify where you gathered the information.

However, for now, Quillbot does not have a trackable hidden signature for Turnitin to detect. While there has been some debate about whether or not the premium modes on Quillbot are actually worth it, Quillbot has remained quite kind about their services for anyone who wants to use their free standard paraphrase technology.

This would make it seem like Quillbot will not introduce a hidden signature (digital watermark) anytime soon to the different words the program provides.

When Will Turnitin Detect Quillbot?

When will Turnitin detect when you have used Quillbot? Most likely, not anytime soon since Quillbot has done a good job at standing with the freedom that should be allowed with your creative writing process.

Also, not everyone has a mind for words such as those with the condition of dyslexia, which affects how easily a person can read, write, and spell.

Considering this condition, Quillbot is a fantastic tool for writing, which helps those who suffer from dyslexia to write comfortably.

An embedded hidden signature genuinely has no place with Quillbot either considering that the service only paraphrases words that you have put into the program, which means it is not creating the information/content, it is simply changing a couple of words and sentence structures.

So, if Quillbot were to ever come out saying that they were implementing a hidden signature, they would likely face backlash from users since a hidden signature has no real use with Quillbot.

Furthermore, if Quillbot ever decided to add an embedded hidden signature to its paraphrased content, it would not only have to deal with probable backlash but also competition by another website that could do exactly what they do minus the hidden signature.

This would likely result in Quillbot losing a lot of its users, which is not good for any website.

So, when you think about it logically, it would make no sense for Quillbot to start embedding hidden signatures in the information that has been rewritten using their service.

How to Make Sure Quillbot Isn’t Detected

There currently is no way for the use of Quillbot to be detected by Turnitin and probably not by any other “detector.”

The only way that you could consider Quillbot as being detected is if the content is plagiarized, which Turnitin will detect since it will run the information through its enormous database and match it with anything that is too similar to the text.

With that said, Quillbot also offers a plagiarism checker, which will review your content and highlight any parts/words that are considered to be plagiarized.

The Quillbot plagiarism scanner functions similarly to Turnitin’s plagiarism checker in the sense that it will check countless websites, books, and other sources.

This means you could use the plagiarism checker on Quillbot, clean up anything that is considered plagiarism and then post it on Turnitin.

As previously mentioned, plagiarism is the only possible way your use of Quillbot could be potentially detected. So, the answer is simple, make sure there is no plagiarized content present in your document and you should have no issues with detectors.

1. Make Sure the Synonym Slider is Set to Fewer Changes

A simple method to use when you are using Quillbot’s paraphrasing services and do not want to chance it being detected is to make sure the synonym slider is set to fewer changes.

As many of us should know, a synonym is a word or a set of words that convey the same exact meaning (or close to) as a different word. So, when you set the synonym slider on Quillbot to fewer changes, you are effectively making the paraphrasing more accurate.

This will not only make your article, essay, or report more cohesive but it will also get you past any potential Quillbot detectors

2 . Edit Some of the Text Yourself

Another viable option when you are using Quillbot for your writing and are also going for plagiarism-free original content is to edit the text yourself.

Now, it can be difficult at times to text out exactly what you are trying to say or explain; however, it is doable and with enough patience and determination you can figure it out while having it also make sense.

Not everyone is a wizard with words but if you take a look at the plagiarized text that was highlighted by Quillbot’s plagiarism checker, and think about what it is saying you can also figure out a way to say it without writing exactly what it says.

It can be time-exhausting and time-consuming to create 100% original content; however, it is possible and also doable.

Sure, there are helpful paraphrasing tools such as Quillbot but your mind is also a valuable tool that can be used to figure out complicated tasks.

It will likely not be too much fun to figure it out but you can do it by focusing in on what the text means and finding another way to type it out while conveying the same meaning.

Sure, Quillbot is a great paraphrasing tool but you can also achieve the same effect by figuring it out with your own mind. It will not be a blast to do but you can succeed.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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