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Screening of texts – plagiarism

Screening your dissertation for plagiarism

Try using iThenticate software

You are welcome to submit a text for plagiarism screening using iThenticate software on three occasions during your enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School, Faculty of Arts. You can submit an article that you have prepared for publication, for instance. Or your entire PhD dissertation (or selected parts of it).

iThenticate makes it possible to compare the texts you submit for screening with a huge range of published academic articles and digital academic resources.

However, iThenticate knows nothing about the rules for good citation practice. The software is only able to screen a text and mark any points at which it is identical to other published texts. This means that quotations and paraphrases to which you have added completely correct source references will also be marked.

The screening process results in a report which will mark passages that are identical to other texts and provide a link to any sources which iThenticate has found to be identical to your text.

How is the screening process done in practice?

Screenings will only be carried out at your request. A member of staff at AU Library Arts/the Royal Danish Library is responsible for screening in practice, independently of Aarhus University and the Graduate School, Arts. In other words, all correspondence relating to your three screenings will only involve you and AU Library Arts. All mails and files will be deleted in accordance with current GDPR rules.

If you want a text to be screened, you simply need to send it direct to a designated, shared mailbox at AU Library Arts: ithenticate.arts@kb.dk

You will receive the final report from AU Library Arts within three-four weekdays. You can then continue to work on the quality of your text and source references if you need to.

As a general rule, AU Library Arts only provides technical assistance in relation to screenings and reports.

For general advice and guidelines relating to good citation practice and the rules regarding self-plagiarism, please see:

What happens after the screening process?

To some extent, good citation practice varies according to the academic traditions of the subject concerned. So we recommend that you contact your supervisor. A screening is an obvious opportunity to meet your supervisor with a view to defining what is generally regarded as good academic practice and what is customary in your particular subject field.

If a screening and the subsequent discussion with your supervisor generate any questions to which you cannot find the answers in the resources mentioned above, you are welcome to send these questions to the shared mailbox: ithenticate.arts@kb.dk

AU Library Arts will then help you to get in touch with experts who can give you some answers. With a view to ensuring confidentiality and your anonymity, AU Library Arts will not share this correspondence or the accompanying documentation with anyone else.

Please note:

• Results, data, figures, illustrations and ideas retrieved from other sources should always include detailed references to the original source, even though you are the author yourself.

• Texts that are quoted or paraphrased from other sources must be marked clearly, stating the original source. This also applies to texts that are quoted or paraphrased from your own previous work.

• If anyone else has contributed to the research work behind your dissertation, including contributions to manuscripts or articles included in the dissertation, you must state this clearly.

• If you recycle or rephrase major sections or include a preprint/paper/publication in your dissertation, you must state this clearly by referring to the source at the start of the recycled material.