Plagiarism and TLS Personal Statements

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Plagiarism and TLS Personal Statements

Postby Anonymous Questioner » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:31 pm

I'm curious as to whether admissions committees use anti-plagiarism technology to search the web against applicants' submitted personal statements. I don't plagiarize, nor have I anywhere in my writing, but I'm simply asking so I can know whether I can post my personal statement for public criticism, instead of offering to trade critiques via PM. Thoughts on this?

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Re: Plagiarism and TLS Personal Statements

Postby BansheeScream » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:36 pm

I would assume if your personal statement could be plagiarized by another applicant that it isn't personal enough.

I highly doubt they utilize plagiarism software but many people, myself included (albeit from another account), post their personal statements publicly with little to no issues. Just don't leave identifying information in it.

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Re: Plagiarism and TLS Personal Statements

Postby guynourmin » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:53 pm

It isn't plagiarism if they find that you posted something you wrote somewhere on the internet. They would, obviously, then be able to look through your post history. I am not sure if adcoms use that tech.

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