What is plagiarism?

University Policy 6120.03 Administrative Procedures for Allegations of Research Misconduct defines plagiarism as “the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.”

iThenticate is a plagiarism detection software that is designed to be used by researchers, instructors, graduate students and undergraduates engaged in high-level research to screen written work for originality and copyright infringement. The service allows account users to easily upload and scan documents, theses, dissertations, manuscripts, research proposals and other professional works into iThenticate which compares the work against 14 billion web pages and 110 million content items from leading academic publications.  In addition to comparing the text of an uploaded document to digital text on the open internet, iThenticate also compares uploaded text against text in the published scholarly literature that is otherwise behind publisher firewalls on the internet. iThenticate is used by Federal government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) to check for instances of potential plagiarism in submitted proposals. Utilization of iThenticate prior to proposal submission and thesis uploading is optional, but is highly encouraged.

Documents uploaded in IThenticate remain the proprietary property of the individual who submitted them for analysis and are only available to individuals who have access to the submitter’s personal iThenticate user account. iThenticate is a tool for faculty, staff, and students of Wright State to use in the process of academic research and publishing. The Office of Research Compliance will not review any documents submitted by users of iThenticate unless requested to do so by the user or the University’s Office of General Counsel. Once uploaded, the document and the resulting Similarity Report remain in the user’s personal account filing system until the user deletes them.

Why use iThenticate?

  • To ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements relating to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
  • To maintain trust in sponsored program activities that support any research discipline.
  • To prevent allegations of research misconduct.

Request an iThenticate User Account

For individuals wishing to use iThenticate through Wright State University’s site license, the first step is to obtain a user account. You must have a Campus User Name (W001xxx) and password. When your user account has been requested, you will receive an email notification of activation of your iThenticate account. Your Wright State University email address will serve as your login ID and your email notification of activation will include an assigned initial, temporary password by iThenticate. The first time you login to iThenticate using your temporary password, you will be prompted to establish a permanent password.

Accessing iThenticate

To access your user account under Wright State University’s site license, go to and click on the login link in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Please remember to change your password after logging in for the first time. NOTE:  If you click on any of the other access links on the iThenticate homepage you will be asked to enter a credit card number to access the software and will NOT be able to access your Wright State University account. The next screen to open will be the login screen. Enter your user ID and password in the box in the center of this screen and click the green Login link in the center of the screen.

iThenticate Training Resources

Documentation and training materials are available on the iThenticate website.