|What is iThenticate?|
|iThenticate is plagiarism detection software that is designed to be used by researchers to ensure the originality of written work before publication. It is a product of iParadigms, a company that provides web-based solutions for plagiarism prevention.|
|How is iThenticate different from Turnitin?|
Both are provided iParadigms, but they are designed for different categories of users.
Turnitin is course management based in LEARN and requires instructors to set up classes and assignments. iThenticate is based on folders and documents that are managed by individual account holders.
|What databases does iThenticate check against?|
Aggregators, databases, content providers
uWaterloo has purchased a site license for use by uWaterloo authors to check documents such as articles and book chapters to be submitted for publication, grant proposals, theses and dissertations, and writing of all types created by individuals in connection with their role at the University of Waterloo.
|Who might benefit from using iThenticate?|
|Can iThenticate be used to check someone else’s work?|
|No, iThenticate is provided for uWaterloo authors to check work that they themselves have authored or co-authored.|
|Can instructors use iThenticate to check papers that their students have submitted as a course assignment?|
|No, instructors wishing to ensure that assignments submitted by their students have not been plagiarized should consider incorporating Turnitin into their course structure.
|Can iThenticate be used to check a co-authored work?|
|Yes, iThenticate can be used to check works that you have co-authored. Resulting reports can be shared among co-authors.|
|Can a supervisor require a student to submit theses or dissertation chapters to iThenticate?|
Supervisors make their own decisions about whether to request that their students submit theses or dissertations to iThenticate. If they decide that iThenticate is to be used by their students, they should provide at least one other option. Possible alternatives include those suggested in the Turnitin guidelines for instructors: https://uwaterloo.ca/academic-integrity/node/3/guidelines-instructors.
No, graduate students should request their own accounts and submit their own papers to iThenticate. Their reports can be shared with their supervisor via email or by sharing their folder if their supervisor has an iThenticate account.
|If a student disagrees, but a supervisor is insistent that such screening should occur, what is the protocol?|
|The student can pursue two options: (1) request some other arrangement to meet the concerns of a supervisor about ensuring appropriate acknowledgement of sources occurs, and (2) if the faculty advisor is not flexible, consider arranging for a different supervisor. This matter is one that the student should clarify before he or she accepts an offer to begin graduate studies with an advisor.|
|Who has access to the report and can it be shared among colleagues and collaborators?|
|Your iThenticate account and reports are accessible only to you. You may share your reports via email, printout, or download or by giving another iThenticate user access to your folder.|
|Can uWaterloo faculty use our iThenticate license to check manuscripts that they are reviewing?|
|No, iThenticate is intended for use by authors to check their own work. Many academic publishers use iThenticate to check manuscripts prior to considering them for publication.
|Is a document submitted to iThenticate retained by iParadigm and used in the iThenticate or Turnitin comparison database?|
|No, iThenticate does not add your manuscript to any databases. However, your submissions are archived privately until you delete them.|
|Can an undergraduate student request an iThenticate account?|
|iThenticate is a tool for researchers. An undergraduate student can request an iThenticate account to check an undergraduate thesis/essay or a manuscript to be submitted for publication. iThenticate should not be used to check papers or essays to be submitted to instructors as a course assignment.|
|Do visiting scholars have access to iThenticate?|
|Yes, but they must indicate in the publication that they prepared the paper being reviewed by iThenticate while they were visiting at UW.|
|Is an iThenticate account holder charged a fee for document checking?|
|No, the University has purchased a site license for use by members of the uWaterloo community. Waterloo researchers are not charged a fee to create an individual account nor are they charged a fee to submit and check their documents.|
|What file types are recognized?|
|MS Word, Word XML, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT) and plain text.|
|Can various versions of a document be submitted to iThenticate over time?|
|A revision of a previously uploaded manuscript can be uploaded and checked again, to a maximum of five times. You may choose to submit a substantially revised manuscript as a new submission.|
First step is to request creation of a personal iThenticate account. Contact:
|Where to get help?|
Documentation and training materials are available on the iThenticate website: http://www.ithenticate.com/resources/customer-training/
To find out more about iThenticate or suggest changes or additions to this FAQ Contact:
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