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Plagiarism: Understanding & Preventing Plagiarism: Plagiarism Detection

Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit (Office of Science & Technology Policy). This guide is a resource for understanding and preventing plagiarism.

Text Matching Systems & Plagiarism

Mayo licenses two software applications to detect plagiarism. Manuscripts uploaded to the database used by iThenticate and Turnitin will result in an "originality" or "similarity" report which compares side-by-side text matches found. Judgment is needed to determine if text matches are potential plagiarism or naturally occurring matches based on the similarity of the research areas such as similar reference lists or methodology sections in closely related studies.

iThenticate for Researchers and Publishers: Mayo's Scientific Publications unit uses iThenticate to help Mayo authors identify potential areas of concern in their work. Scientific Publications offers a mediated service that enables pre-submission comparison of manuscripts against the iThenticate database of current and archival scholarly literature. Please call (77)4-8917 or email for information about this service. You may also submit your manuscript via Mayo Doc. This service is offered as a free service to Mayo authors and includes consultation on the results of the text match report.

Turnitin for Mayo instructors and consulting/voting staff: A Turnitin instructor's account can be requested from the Library . An account is recommended and generally works best if the use will be ongoing, such as a Mayo class with writing assignments or publications activity within a clinical or research unit which issues many publications and wants to check for originality in advance of manuscript submission to a publisher. Please call (77)4-8106 or email for information about this service.

Mayo Graduate School Turnitin Self-service:  A self-service text-matching option has been established by the Mayo Graduate School using Turnitin allowing students to register for a pre-established class and to upload manuscripts which could include writing assignments, manuscripts intended for publication, etc.