iThenticate: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is iThenticate?

iThenticate is a Web-based service that identifies material that matches text from documents found in an extensive database. Highlighted text will include text that has been properly quoted and cited so it is not necessarily plagiarized. You’ll just need to verify that every highlighted section has been properly quoted, summarized or paraphrased. As a result, iThenticate makes it easier for you to identify and attribute any material in your manuscript that you may have unintentionally plagiarized.


How can faculty submit a document to iThenticate?

Faculty can submit a document to iThenticate by using the submission form on the Library website. The iThenticate similarity report will be emailed to you within three business days. You must be the author of any documents that you submit. Acceptable document types are: Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX), Word XML, Plain Text (TXT), Adobe PostScript, Portable Document Format (PDF), HTML, Corel WordPerfect (WPD) and Rich Text Format (RTF).F).


Can graduate students submit a document to iThenticate?

Graduate students may submit research manuscripts, grant proposals, and other non-thesis/dissertation documents. However, upon advisement from the graduate school, graduate students will not be able to submit thesis or dissertation documents through iThenticate independently. Instead, they should ask their committee chairperson or advisor to submit the document on their behalf. The similarity report will be returned to the committee chair, who should review the report with the student to address any areas of concern.


How complete is iThenticate?

In addition to the Internet, uploaded manuscripts and grant proposals can be compared to more than 26,000,000 published research articles from 80 global scientific, technical and medical publishers (this cache is larger than most university libraries maintain). This is a critical content component, and one not available in other services. iThenticate's comparison database also includes more than 1,000,000 abstracts and citations from PubMed, and more than 20,000 scholarly research titles from EBSCOhost and the Gale InfoTrac OneFile.


Are submitted documents kept confidential?

Yes. iThenticate does not exploit, resell or share submitted manuscripts. iThenticate does not add your manuscript to any databases.


What about copyright?

You retain all rights to your work. iThenticate does not exploit, resell or share submitted manuscripts. iThenticate does not add your manuscript to any databases.


Why can I only submit my own work?

Ethical use of iThenticate requires that it be used only for an author's own work.


How long does an iThenticate report take to generate?

iThenticate reports can take anywhere from a few minutes to a full day to generate, depending on the total nationwide volume of documents being submitted to iThenticate. For this reason, Texas Tech Library guarantees a three-business-day turnaround for iThenticate reports. However, most of the time reports are generated and returned within the same business day.


Where do I go for technical help?

Contact us if you experience technical problems with iThenticate.








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