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MSU now offers iThenticate research and grant originality checking tool

November 29, 2012 - Beth Bonsall

MSU is now offering iThenticate as part of a pilot of online writing and evaluation tools.

iThenticate is an originality checking tool for scholarly publications, grant applications, and theses. The iThenticate tool helps manuscript authors self-evaluate research and grant drafts prior to submission.  iThenticate is available to MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students who request access.


iThenticate is available as part of MSU’s ongoing pilot of Turnitin, sponsored by Libraries and IT Services, the Undergraduate University Division, the Graduate School, and the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

iThenticate was created using similar technology from iParadigms, and procured by under the same licensing agreement as Turnitin.

How it works

iThenticate scans drafts of research articles and grant proposals for missed citations and other mistakes that could be characterized as plagiarism prior to submission or publication.

MSU faculty, staff and graduate students can use iThenticate to help evaluate and correct their work prior to submission or publication by requesting an account on the MSU iThenticate account. This pilot will help the university evaluate value and future licensing models.

iThenticate scans against:

  • A database of materials available on the Internet
  • More than 26,000,000 published research articles
  • 80 global scientific, technical and medical publishers
  • More than 1 million abstracts and citations from PubMed
  • More than 20,000 scholarly research titles from EBSCOhost and the Gale InfoTrac OneFile.

iThenticate is also used by major granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy.

Check with journals common to your discipline or field to see if iThenticate scans against those specific databases.

Request iThenticate

MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students can request to be part of the iThenticate pilot by completing this form.

If you have questions, contact the Distance Learning Services Help Desk at (517) 355-2345 or (800) 500-1554.