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ORE Offers Plagiarism Detection Software to Campus Researchers

iThenticate logoPlagiarism or the perception of plagiarism is the most prevalent violation of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) within the realm of research misconduct. In an effort to make the production of scholarly work more transparent, the UT Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement has contracted with a vendor used by universities, government agencies, and academic journals worldwide.

iThenticate is a plagiarism-detection software site designed to help faculty and students avoid “cut and paste” or citation errors that could be unacceptable in funding proposals or scholarly articles. According to the iThenticate website, use of of this software will allow authors to “ensure that they have sufficiently cited their sources and presented [their] highest quality written work.” Manuscripts uploaded are compared to over 40 million published research articles from over 590 publishers.

Using this valuable tool will allow researchers to submit their work for peer review, publication, and thesis/dissertation review and defense with confidence that their content is original and that their citations have awarded proper credit to their predecessors and colleagues.

The Office of Research and Engagement has established departmental users across campus with access to iThenticate licenses and the ability to run papers through the system on behalf of researchers and those preparing to submit theses and dissertations.

Helpful links

Department heads and newly designated users can contact Donna Ford (865-974-2474, for access to licenses. Those with queries regarding reading iThenticate reports and accessing training can contact Jessie Holder Tourtellotte (865-974-2152,