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MSU launches iThenticate research and grant writing evaluation tool
IT Services is pleased to announce the immediate availability of iThenticate (, a new service for research and grant writing by MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students. 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. 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 the tool and usage rates, as well as future licensing models. iThenticate scans against a database of materials available on the Internet. It also scans from more than 26,000,000 published research articles; 80 global scientific, technical and medical publishers; more than 1 million abstracts and citations from PubMed; and 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. You can check if journals common to your discipline or field are scanned at If you have questions, contact the Distance Learning Services Help Desk at (517) 355-2345 or (800) 500-1554.
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Last Modified: 11/30/2015

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