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RCR Tip: Plagiarism and iThenticate

Ethical research and scholarly publication is predicated on the notion of original thought, ideas, questions, and answers. Plagiarism is the most prevalent form of research misconduct and is the single most commonly reported violation at institutions nationwide. Proper citation to original source material is essential, even if the source is the author’s own previous work. Self-plagiarism (also referred to as text recycling) occurs when an individual reuses significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of his or her own work without acknowledging that he/she is doing so and citing the original work.

The Office of Research and Engagement has made the plagiarism prevention tool iThenticate available to campus users and has assigned departmental users to assist you with running your scholarly work prior to submission or publication. You can view a list of departmental users and other important information about the use of iThenticate on our website.

For questions regarding department access to iThenticate, contact Donna Ford at dford15@utk.edu. For queries regarding reading the reports on iThenticate or obtaining training on iThenticate or plagiarism topics, contact Jessie Holder Tourtellotte at jholde11@utk.edu. iThenticate also offers training on their own website.

Read a summary of the RCR Lunch & Learn on Plagiarism.

Discover resources on the responsible conduct of research provided by the Office of Research and Engagement.

Take CITI Training.

Discover workshops at ORE.