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We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
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QueText claims to be the number one plagiarism checker in the world. But that’s a claim that every entry on our list seems to make about themselves.
Can QueText actually back up this statement?
To be honest, they’re definitely in the running. This is a product that runs like a well-oiled machine. They’re very upfront about the features of their service, and using QueText was a breeze.
Here’s how they stack up to their top competitor, Grammarly (read review).
QueText has an accurate database that pulls from websites, books, and journals.
It’s easy to use, has a robust reporting system, and excellent customer service.
Plus, my hands-on test was a joy.
1. DeepSearch Database
QueText uses a system known as DeepSearch for all of their premium clients’ reports.
DeepSearch pulls from 35 billion websites, 20 million books, and 1 million journals. It is an all encompassing system that leaves no stone unturned in the hunt for plagiarism. What’s more you can exclude specific sources when searching.
2. Multiple Languages
QueText handles a lot more than just English. You can search for plagiarism in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Arabic, and Russian as well.
3. Detailed Report Exporting
QueText allows you to export your plagiarism findings in a detailed report. I was amazed at how much information gets packed into this document.
When I uploaded our plagiarism sample content (which is just under 4,000 words) it gave me back a PDF file that was 81 pages long.
4. Smooth Hands-on Test
Using this product was an overwhelmingly positive experience.
Much like other platforms on this list, you start off by either uploading a document or pasting copy.
I entered our plagiarism sample content and the system got right to work.
It took a few minutes to compile the results, which makes sense given the amount of content the DeepSearch system goes through.
It marked the plagiarism sample up, with a whopping 84% of plagiarized content.
The copy was also highlighted according to the severity of plagiarism.
The red line means that it’s 100% taken from somewhere else. QueText also lets you know where it came from so that you can properly source the quote.
Just to be sure that everything was functioning well, we uploaded our clean sample content, and got wildly different results, as expected.
5. Great Customer Service
I reached out to QueText’s customer service department to ask about mobile functionality. I was impressed with their service thus far and wanted to see if there were any improvements coming in the form of an Android or iOS app.
I sent them an email, using the address I found on their site.
I got a quick and helpful response from Sam, a member of their support team.
Sam answered my question, thanked me for reaching out, and gave me an alternative avenue in the form of using the service on a mobile browser.
That’s quality customer service.
QueText has a few small flaws. Word counts are on the smaller end, the database is relatively limited, there is no grammar checker, and there aren’t any mobile apps available.
1. Restricted Word Counts
The free version of QueText only allows you to check 500 words at a time and run three reports in a one month period.
The premium paid version has no such restrictions. Users can run an unlimited number of reports and searches.
However, there is a limit of 25,000 words at a time (50 pages). So it’s fairly restricted compared to Grammarly’s 150k word count.
2. Limited Database Size
The DeepSearch technology is impressive. However, with a database that only numbers in the tens of millions (vs. billions with Grammarly or WhiteSmoke), it’s on the smaller end of the spectrum overall.
3. No Grammar checker
QueText specializes in plagiarism. Unfortunately, that means there’s no built-in grammar tool like a few other options. So that might be a deal breaker if you were looking for an all-in-one tool.
4. No Mobile Apps
QueText is only available via a computer. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera browsers, but not Internet Explorer. (I guess the two people still using Internet Explorer will have to pass on this.)
Unfortunately, the company has no mobile presence whatsoever. That is disappointing considering the growing popularity of mobile web browsing.
QueText Cost, Plans, & Payment Options
There are only two plans available for QueText. Their limited free option and the PRO plan.
As you can see, the free plan only uses basic searches to hunt for plagiarized content, while the PRO membership employs DeepSearch.
The PRO membership comes at a cost of $9.99 per month. You can pay with a credit or debit card only.
Do I Recommend QueText?
Yes and no.
The plagiarism-checking side of the equation is pretty solid. It’s extremely easy to use, has great reporting, and fantastic customer service.
On the other hand, the database size is a little limited, word counts are restricted, there’s no built-in grammar checker, and there aren’t any mobile apps.
At just $9.99 per month, it’s one of the better Grammarly alternatives on the market.
But it might not be the best, all-in-one tool, depending on your needs.