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Using iThenticate, for graduate students

The Graduate School offers a new resource and tool to help graduate students with their major papers, such as theses and dissertations. Students and faculty can use iThenticate to verify originality of documents prepared by graduate students. 

  • Graduate students can use iThenticate to review their written materials (e.g., papers, article drafts, responses to qualifying or prelim exam prompts, drafts of thesis/dissertation)
  • Faculty can use the software to review their written documents (e.g., articles, grant proposals)

Graduate students and their advisors must verify that the ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations) are appropriately written and cited, using the iThenticate system. Use the highlighted hyperlink to access the iThenticate portal.

Videos to help access and use the tool

Although the tool isn’t difficult to use, it is very important that you view the videos about accessing and using the tool, and especially interpreting the similarity report.

  1. To open an account, please click on this link.
  2. Instructions on how to submit a paper for review, please click on this highlighted link.
  3. The webpage with information for reading a similarity report is located here.  

As you will learn from the videos, the link to iThenticate can be found on the main Faculty and staff resources webpage under "Admission and Academic Process" on the Graduate School website. You also can reach the portal with this hyperlink.


The Graduate School and NLI offer training sessions throughout the semester on using iThenticate for staff, students, and faculty. Visit the NLI site and search for iThenticate.


1.       In the ETD document you are going to upload to iThenticate, exclude the title page and bibliography/works cited/references.

2.       In iThenticate, set the folder filters to:

·      Exclude quotes

•      Exclude small matches; word count 9 words

•      Exclude small sources; word count 9 words

•      Include:

•      Academic Abstract through the end of the body of the document

•      Appendices

•      All repositories to search

The following steps are required for approval of the final examination and the ETD:

1.    Students must run their ETD through iThenticate and the similarity report must be reviewed by the student and advisor prior to scheduling the final examination.

2.    The final similarity report must be included in the submission of the ETD to the Graduate School. This report will be archived separately from the ETD.