Viper Plagiarism Scanner-User Guide

We are supplying you with this free software so that you can ensure you never again submit a piece of work that has not been properly referenced from an online source or duplicated from any of your past papers.

INSTALLATION

  1. Log in to your account at http://www.scanmyessay.com/scan.html
  2. Download the plagiarism scanning software ‘Viper' by clicking ‘Download Viper' link in your user menu
  3. Install ‘Viper' on your computer

IMPORTANT-The software requires .net plug-in to run properly. This is a free plug-in which can be downloaded directly from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=262D25E3-F589-4842-8157-034D1E7CF3A3&displaylang=en

Please also note that ‘Viper' is NOT currently compatible with Microsoft Vista.

HOW TO USE VIPER

  1. Run the installed Viper software from your computer
  2. Click on the ‘Add' box in the top right section of Viper. Navigate to the document you wish to scan. You can add as many documents as you like and they will all be scanned in turn.
  3. Once you have found the desired document/s simply highlight it/them and click ‘OK'.
  4. Click ‘Next' in the bottom right hand corner of Viper to continue.
  5. The next step gives you the opportunity to scan your essays against documents on your local PC, as well as online internet sources.

This is of paramount importance if you have written other similar essays in the past and want to ensure that you are not duplicating any previously written material. You may also want to scan against other research materials you have collected over the years to ensure everything is referenced correctly.

  1. To add your local folders to the scan tick the box ‘Search in Local Databases' and press the button called ‘Manage Local Databases'

When a new window appears, press ‘New' and navigate to a local folder you wish to scan against and press ‘OK'. Depending on how large the folder is, this process could take a few seconds or a few minuets, however you will only need to do this once. The only reason you would wish to revisit this process is if you add more documents to this folder and you want to scan against them. Please note that you can add as many local folders to this section as you wish and we strongly recommend that you take advantage of it.

  1. Close the window and click ‘Start' to start scanning.

INTERPRETING THE RESULTS

Viper should be finished within a couple of seconds or a couple of minutes depending on the size of the document being scanned.

If Viper has detected any suspect content then it will show you exactly where it has found it from. This will either be a website, or a document in your local folder.

You can order the list of websites to show the highest offending sources first by clicking on ‘Filtered PR' at the top right.

You can highlight the plagiarised text found in a website by ticking the box to the left of the websites in the list.

You can compare the scanned document side by side with the website by pressing the ‘compare side by side' button the right of the website address in the list. Please note that Viper will extract only the text from the website and place it on the right hand side-it will not include any images.

If you click on any highlighted sections, it will jump to that section on the opposite side of the page ie: where it was found on the website.

You can also save a report when you have finished for your own reference and peace of mind!

The best way to come to grips with the power of Viper is to have a play with its tools and features where you will be surprised at how easy it is to utilise the software to its full potential.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Viper Copyright 2007 by Academic Answers Limited

All rights reserved. The terms and conditions of this Licence applies to all versions of VIPER.

By using or installing Viper (“Viper”), you agree to all of the terms of this agreement (“Licence”). Please read the Licence terms below. If you do not agree to all of the terms of this Licence, then do not use, or install Viper.

SCOPE OF LICENCE

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You may not alter or modify the Viper Software, nor give anyone permission to do so. Under no circumstances are you licensed to distribute Viper.

All rights of any kind in Viper which are not expressly granted in this Licence are entirely and exclusively reserved to and by Academic Answers Limited. You may not rent, lease, modify, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or create derivative works based on Viper. You may not make access to Viper available to others in connection with a service bureau, application service provider, or similar business.

WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS

Viper, and any and all accompanying software, files, data and materials, are distributed and provided “AS IS” and with no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied. You acknowledge that good data processing procedure dictates that any program, including Viper, must be thoroughly tested with non-critical data before you rely on it, and you hereby assume the entire risk of using the program. This disclaimer of warranty constitutes an essential part of this Licence.

Any liability of Academic Answers Limited will be limited exclusively to refund of purchase price, if any. In addition, in no event shall Academic Answers Limited, or its principals, shareholders, officers, employees, affiliates, contractors, subsidiaries, or parent organisations, be liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages whatsoever relating to the use of Viper, or to your relationship with Academic Answers Limited.

In addition, in no event does Academic Answers Limited authorise you to use Viper in applications or systems where Viper's failure to perform can reasonably be expected to result in a significant physical injury, or in loss of life. Any such use by you is entirely at your own risk, and you agree to hold Academic Answers Limited harmless from any and all claims or losses relating to such unauthorised use.

Academic Answers Limited are not liable for any troubles that may occur from misusing any part of the scanning functionality of Viper. Any problems that may arise from using this feature are the sole responsibility of the user. Academic Answers Limited are not liable for any damages that may occur from using the scanning function.

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GENERAL

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