The Whitelist – Common Use Cases

The whitelist is one of the key features to customize your plagiarism search.

This article gives some examples of how the whitelist can help you depending on your case.

Case 1: “I’m a recruiter and I wish to leave out the application text out of the plagiarism scan.”

Many of our users are checking applications to various programs in order to make sure the content the applicant wrote is neither copied from another applicant (collusion) or from various sources such as the internet or our growing database of scientific journals.

To do so, the best way is to use the “Phrase whitelist”

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One phrase per line has to be entered per line without punctuation.

Case 2: “I’m a teacher and I have websites that I gave to my students as resources”

As a teacher, you sometimes suggest specific websites that students should consult in order to write their research paper. However, since you authorize them to have a look at these websites you do not want the content to be considered for the Plagiarism search. To do so, you could either use the “Whitelist URL” or if you wish to exclude content even if it is found on other websites, you could use the “Whitelist URL+”.

For example, you are a teacher of a course about stock markets, you asked your students to do a research paper on: “how the Brexit will affect the stock markets?”

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Case 3: “I’m part of a business and I wish to exclude a generic set of words or sentences that are specific to my industry”

If your company is in a specific industry, you might want to exclude typical keywords or sentences that are specific to your industry or your company.  Enter all of them without punctuation and don’t forget to write just one sentence per line in the “Whitelist – Phrases”

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Case 4: “I’m a blogger and I wish to exclude all the pages where my content can be found.”

If you are used to blogging, you do not wish to compare your articles with your previous ones. Obviously the more you use the content of your blog, the better it is for your SEO ranking. That’s the reason why it might be interesting to exclude websites where your content is published.

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Frequently Asked Questions:
Do words put in the whitelist decrease the word count / the price charged?

Even though these words will not be considered for our plagiarism check, we are still running high server costs that occur no matter if the text is fully checked or not. That’s the reason why the words put in the whitelist are not affecting the word count.

Can any URL be added for the whitelist URL or URL+?

The URL has to be accessible on Bing’s search engine if you wish the whitelist to work effectively.

A quick way to check for this is:

  • Open your browser,
  • Go to
  • Paste the specific URL
  • If Bing does not find any results, it means that the URL is not crawled and therefore won’t work for the whitelisting.

Also, the usage of our whitelist is limited for single-users and unlimited for organization accounts.

We hope this post helped you getting a better understanding of how the whitelist works.

Click here if you wish to get back to the basics of the whitelist.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any feedback.

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2 thoughts on “The Whitelist – Common Use Cases

  • patricia laplante

    Regarding the plagiarsim check. When your own published text is flagged, can you eliminate those sentences and paragraphs. And when you do, will it show where the name of a book or another source is from if it has been plagiarized?.

    • Michael Beck

      Hi Patricia,

      thanks for your comment. Yes, you can edit the report after checking your document and remove any markings and text matches that you consider irrelevant. This tutorial video shows you how to do it:

      We do have a feature available, that checks available metadata in a document. If our software is able to identify the source (in most cases, if the source is also available with a DOI) it will provide an overlay info and link you to the original source online.