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Account information and tutorials for generating text originality reports for faculty using the iThenticate software.

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Professional Authorship Practices

Claudia Stanny facilitated a workshop on good authorship practices and how authors can use Turnitin or iThenticate to evaluate the originality of their work and identify passages with problematic citations (or need for citations). This workshop was recorded on February 25, 2017.
Links to resources from this presentation:
Harvard Guide to Using Sources 
Stanny, C. J. (n.d.) Paraphrasing Activity and Assignment.
The Plagiarism Spectrum 
Instructor insights into ten types of plagiarism.
Wager & Kleinert (2011). Responsible research publication : international standards for authors.

Choosing between iThenticate and Turnitin

iThenticate is designed for review of graduate and professional research and scholarship.  This text-matching service differs from Turnitin in two aspects: it uses a richer database that includes full-text electronic journals and theses and dissertations in the ProQuest (formerly UMI) national repository; furthermore, it does not enter a manuscript submitted for review in that database.  Thus, a manuscript can be submitted for review multiple times without creating text matches with itself.

How the UWF Community Might Use iThenticate

UWF faculty use iThenticate to submit:  

  1. student thesis and dissertations manuscripts
  2. graduate level course papers
  3. grant proposals.  Many federal agencies, such as NSF and NIH, use iThenticate to scan proposals.
  4. faculty and student manuscripts for professional journals, textbooks, et cetera. Many professional and scholarly journals use iThenticate to screen submissions for originality and self-plagiarism.

Each submission will prompt a "Similarity Report" that identifies text strings found in the submission that match text strings that appear in the materials in the published database.

Guidelines for Using iThenticate

CUTLA created a set of  iThenticate Guidelines‌ to help faculty determine which software to use for a document and how to interpret and use the similarity report to improve written work. Please read the  FAQ in order to determine whether using iThenticate or Turnitin best suits your needs.  

Request an iThenticate Account

iThenticate accounts are limited to faculty and graduate students.

Faculty may request an iThenticate account by emailing Gabby Bustamante in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at She will need your first and last name and your UWF email address.

Graduate students may request an iThenticate account by emailing Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator, Mary Ann Scott, at She will need your first and last name and your UWF email address. For more information regarding student accounts, visit the Graduate School's Graduate Thesis Submission page. 

Please request an account a few days in advance of when you plan to begin submitting work. You may also want to provide time to familiarize yourself with the interface, set up the account, and learn about the process of uploading and analyzing files. 

iThenticate Training Resources on the Web

iThenticate provides training webcasts, training videos, guides, and manuals. iThenticate Training Resources

More information about using iThenticate may be found on the iThenticate FAQ webpage.

Turnitin and iThenticate Information and Training Videos

UWF Guidelines for Use of iThenticate

UWF has established guidelines for using Turnitin and applies these guidelines to the use of iThenticate.  Those wishing to use iThenticate should review the "UWF Guidelines for the Use of Turnitin" found on the CUTLA Turnitin webpage.

For More Information

Contact Gabby Bustamante (850.473.7435 or if you have questions about requesting an account.

Updated:03/17/2022 gb