Product Review

BibMe Review

Daniel Midson-Short
September 2, 2022

BibMe is not marketed toward working professionals. It’s not even really effective for educators. Instead, this is a service that seems entirely devoted to the student experience.

But can it be used beyond the occasional term paper?

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Example screenshot of BibMe's homepage.
BibMe’s homepage.

Our Verdict

If you’re a student who needs help putting a paper together, then this is a great plagiarism checker at a good price. If you are literally anyone else, it’s a resounding no. We recommend Grammarly! While Grammarly might be on the pricey side, you can save 20% with our link. 

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$11.66 /mo – before discount
PROS
  • 86/86% accuracy
  • 16+ billion database
  • 150k+ word limit
  • 5 device limit
  • 1-hour response
CONS
  • Only English
  • Expensive without our link

BibMe Limited Features

$9.95 /month
PROS
  • Easy to use 
  • Unlimited checks 
  • Responsive customer service
CONS
  • Unknown database
  • No reporting
  • Computer only
  • English only

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BibMe Pros

BibMe is a relatively easy to use program. I had no issues checking our sample content pieces.

1. Easy to Use

The BibMe process starts simple enough.

You paste your content into the blank field and you’re off. You can also upload a file directly from your computer or from Google Drive.

Example screenshot of CopyScape's text field that's easy to use.
BibMe’s text field.

I uploaded our plagiarism sample article, and the system scanned it for about two minutes before breaking the news to me.

Example screenshot of plagiarism sample article.
A sample of plagiarism checker.

It found 230 instances of plagiarism throughout the piece. Other programs we’ve used gave a percentage, but this works fine as well.

BibMe's plagiarism checker result.
This is a sample result from plagiarism check.

It also highlighted every instance, giving citation recommendations where appropriate.

Providing citation recommendations wherever appropriate.
A sample of BibMe’s recommendation from plagiarism check.

We also checked our clean content, and uncovered only 8 results in which citation could prove helpful.

Example screenshot of BibM checking out our clean content
A sample of BibMe’s plagiarism check complete screen.

2. Unlimited Checks

The BibMe paid subscription service comes with unlimited plagiarism checks. There are no word or page limitations either. That makes it unique!

3. Responsive Customer Service

I reached out to BibMe’s customer service department with a lot of questions, because their site doesn’t tell you much.

There is no live chat, so I reached out via their contact form.

BibMe's contact page: responsive customer service.
BibMe’s contact page.

Their response time was good, considering I emailed them after normal business hours. I got a response the next morning before noon.

BibMe's response time from customer service.
A sample response from customer service.

They answered each of my questions, included a link, and then asked if I needed anything else. All in all a great customer service response.

BibMe Cons

The number of cons associated with BibMe far outweigh the pros.

They’re very tight lipped about the specifics of their product. They offer absolutely no information about their database, and all of their other features are incredibly simplistic.

1. Unknown Database

We have no idea what kind of database BibMe is drawing from. That’s because they seem to go out of their way to not give out any information about it. They also do not allow you to exclude specific sites.

Because this is a service geared toward students, a lot of BibMe’s info seems to focus on proper citation and how to put together a strong research paper.

2. No Reporting

BibMe has no feature that allows you to export your plagiarism results.

You can make corrections on their platform, both when it comes to plagiarism/citation or grammar/spelling. Once all of the corrections have been made, you can export the completed paper as a Word document, but there is no exportable error report.

3. Computer Only

BibMe is only available through a computer. It has no mobile apps.

This is a huge chunk of the web browsing audience (specifically high school and college students) that they are leaving out.

4. English Only

BibMe does not offer service in any language other than English. So, if you’re a bilingual student who is writing papers in both English and Spanish, you’re out of luck.

BibMe Costs, Plans, & Payment Options

BibMe has two different levels. One is free and the other is a premium paid service.

BibMe costs & plans.
Bibme’s plans and features.

The free service is extremely limited and doesn’t allow for plagiarism checking. The premium plan is only $9.99 per month, and you’re allowed to try it for a free three day trial.

BibMe accepts major credit cards. PayPal is not allowed.

Do I Recommend BibMe?

Yes and No.

If you’re a student who needs help putting a paper together, then this is a great plagiarism checker at a good price.

If you are literally anyone else, it’s a resounding no. They’re tight lipped about the specifics of their service, and their lack of report exporting alone makes it ineffective on both the educator and professional levels.