iThenticate: Similarity Report

iThenticate is a new internet based service that is available to full time graduate faculty, all doctoral students, and advanced Masters students (those who have completed 15+ graduate credits in your degree program). iThenticate was developed by Turnitin and it allows you to scan your own research, grant proposals, article drafts, professional papers, theses, and dissertations for missed citations and other mistakes that could be characterized as plagiarism, thereby protecting the integrity of your scholarship and your professional reputation.

iThenticate scans against a massive database of documents and files drawn from the Internet, as well as from more than 26,000,000 published research articles, 80 global scientific, technical and medical publishers, more than 1 million abstracts and citations from PubMed; and more than 20,000 scholarly research titles from EBSCOhost and the Gale InfoTrac OneFile. iThenticate is also used by major grant sources such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Mental Health (iThenticate 2015).; thus UNLV researchers can use the same tool that will be used by these and other agencies to help evaluate your work.

To learn more, please visit the About iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software page.

Who Can Use iThenticate through the Graduate College At UNLV

All Graduate Faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and full-time enrolled doctoral and master's students who have successfully completed 15 credits of graduate coursework are provided complimentary accounts by the Graduate College. If you are in one of these groups and do not currently have access, please email to request an account with the Graduate College.

The iThenticate Requirement for Theses & Dissertations

All theses and dissertations defended after January 15, 2016 must be submitted to iThenticate for a similarity check prior to submission of the final document to the Graduate College. A copy of the similarity report must be submitted to the student’s advisory committee at the time of the final defense, and it will be taken into account when determining the outcome of the defense. If the student passes their defense, the first page of the report shall be attached to the Culminating Experience Results form before submission to the Graduate College.

How iThenticate Works

Step 1: Upload

Choose document files to upload to iThenticate. Direct uploads can be done in standard documents and zip files. Documents can also be dragged and dropped into the application or cut and pasted into a text window. Accepted file formats include Word & Word XML (.doc, .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), Rich Text Format (.rtf), HTML (.htm, .html), Text (.txt), PostScript (.ps, .eps), and portable document format (.pdf). For theses and dissertations, we strongly recommend the use of portable document format (.pdf).

Step 2: Compare

Your document is compared against one of the world's largest comparison databases of research and scholarly content.

  • 14+ billion current and archived web pages.
  • 55,000+ publications, including 30 million scholarly articles, books and conference proceedings.
  • 70+ million other published works from scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals, periodicals, magazines, encyclopedias, abstracts.

Step 3: Report

Review the originality of your work in easy-to-use similarity reports.

Step 4: Resubmit

Your account has the capability of checking a thousand documents in a year, and creating files to check and recheck document drafts.