Checking your MP for possible plagiarism in iThenticate
Part of the final graduate process is to run an iThenticate scan on your MP. This should occur approximately on week prior to the due date to make changes if necessary. This will identify any poor paraphrasing, plagiarism, or inadvertently copied text in the document. None of us can afford to have anything that could be construed as plagiarism up on a public website. Scanning is very simple, then you will save the report and send it to your MP adviser the day before the final due date.
Run the scan when your MP is as complete as possible in terms of having the majority of the content finalized. You may have to rescan your document, so don’t wait until the last minute. The software is very sensitive to many forms of acceptable duplication, so even though it produces a particular % duplicated, the real test is in scrolling through and looking at what is found (for you and your adviser). However, the maximum threshold is 11% or lower. You also have the opportunity to revise your MP document and rescan. Group projects can decide which person of their group will use their account to scan -- the other accounts don't need to be used.
- Log on with your email and your generated password from the email you received.
- On the right, click "Upload a File" and upload your MP in its current state (.doc, pdf, etc).
- Title the document- something like "MP1" and include your name or just initials
Wait a few minutes as the document uploads- the scan will be performed automatically.
- Once you see the Report is complete (with a % duplicity), click on the Report % box and view duplicated text.
- At the top, the defaults should be set to say "Include" Quotes and Bibliography (meaning they are EXCLUDED) and "exclude matches < 5 words." Do not change these.
In your document you will all see some duplicated text- do not panic! Duplicated text does not necessarily mean it's plagiarized. Every scan will show a certain amount of duplicity (3-9%) depending on what you have in your document. The software is very sensitive and is picking up series of words that include non-copied words (and scientific names, etc.). It is also counting words in a non-continuous series.
- Scroll through and look over the colored text on the left. Make sure there are no long non-standard phrases (> 5-8 words in a row) that show as duplicate to other sources. If you are uncertain as to what type of duplicated text is a problem, see plagiarism resources below).
- Download a .pdf copy of this report by clicking on the Printer Icon on the bottom left -- have it print to a .pdf file. Email the .pdf to your MP adviser.
If you find that your document contains copied text, go back to your original MP document, put it into your own words, and return the same way and scan the revised version. Once there is only a low level of duplicity, you can turn in a .pdf of this document to your MP adviser. There will be no penalty for those who find duplicate text in their first scans. However there could be serious repercussions if there is plagiarized material on your final copy online.
Some examples of duplicated text are OK -- standard phrases, scientific names, some very specific procedures, etc. If you have questions of what is acceptable ask us, or review plagiarism guides such as the library website:
“Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism: Documentation Guidelines”: http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/index.html
“Plagiarism: Its Nature and Consequences”: http://library.duke.edu/research/plagiarism/index.html