How to Use a Viper Plagiarism Scanner

By Andrew McClain

Access to innumerable documents and resources online is helpful when writing your own papers or composing other work, but you want to ensure that you paraphrase your sources appropriately to avoid copyright infringement. Many schools already use sophisticated plagiarism checking software to verify that the paper you wrote is actually yours. You can use the Viper Plagiarism Scanner, a free program, to compare your paper with Internet databases and earlier papers you wrote. The program gives you a report that shows you questionable content and where it came from. You can then rewrite the passage to remove the potential plagiarism.

Step 1

Open "Viper."

Step 2

Click the "Add" button. A browse window opens.

Step 3

Browse to the documents you want to check. You can scan as many documents as you want. Click the "OK" button after you select all of the documents.

Step 4

Click the "Next" button.

Step 5

Mark the "Search in Local Databases" check box to set Viper to check documents that you have stored on your computer.

Step 6

Click the "Manage Local Databases" button. This opens a new window.

Step 7

Click the "New" button.

Step 8

Browse to the folder that contains the other papers and documents on your hard drive.

Step 9

Click the "OK" button.

Step 10

Click the "Start" button to start the plagiarism scan. Read the results that appear on the screen.

Step 11

Mark the check box next to a line to select it.

Step 12

Click the "Compare Side-by-Side" button to open a window that shows your document and the potentially plagiarized text.