Graduate School providing thesis, dissertation verification support through iThenticate

From: Graduate School and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

The Graduate School announces the launch of iThenticate, an academic resource that supports verification of original scholarly work prepared by Virginia Tech graduate students and faculty. iThenticate helps writers, editors and researchers prevent unauthorized or improper claims of original academic authorship by comparing manuscripts against a database of over 60 billion web pages and 155 million content items.

iThenticate is currently being used in the Graduate School and the university plans to introduce additional feedback tools for use across its campuses and programs in upcoming semesters. 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) while faculty can use the software to review their written documents (e.g., articles, grant proposals).

Beginning in the summer I session, graduate students and their advisors will be required to verify through iThenticate that electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are appropriately written and cited. Students graduating in spring 2018 and summer I 2018 are encouraged to use iThenticate to review drafts of their ETDs prior to final submission.

The Graduate School and Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI) will offer training sessions during April to assist with the roll-out of the ETD requirement. Additional training tools, guides and user information resources are also available through the Graduate School website.

For more information about iThenticate for graduate students and faculty, please visit the resource webpage or email the Graduate School at