The Internet has made it easier than ever to plagiarize, but if you’re bold enough to do so, beware of the double-edged sword: the Web also makes it easier than ever to catch you in the act. A stolen essay can be uncovered often and easily by Googling any sentence or phrase that sounds like it may have been lifted. An exact-phrase search on Google will often uncover the original source, which will, of course, expose any plagiarism immediately. And if we’ve got a good gut feeling that a paper has been plagiarized, then we won’t just Google a phrase or two; we’ll Google 15 or 20. A crafty plagiarist knows this strategy and will take measures to neutralize it by changing the wording of certain sentences. But they won’t go to the trouble of changing them all, and therein lies the likelihood they’ll get caught. After all, cheaters cheat to get out of doing the work that the rest of us do. If you were willing to go to the trouble of altering every sentence of an essay, you probably aren’t nearly as lazy as most cheaters!
Honestly, I doubt this is a problem for anyone reading this. If you’re here reading this because you want to learn how to earn more scholarship money, you’re not the type of loser who is going to plagiarize.