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Turnitin and iThenticate are plagiarism prevention tools targeted at different groups of users.

The comparison table and user flowchart below show the differences between the two tools.

Please select the appropriate tool for your needs.

Comparison Table




UsersFor instructors to check students' work in a classroom setting.For postgraduate students and academic staff/researchers to check their own work.


Compare submission methods

Two methods. Log in to:

Login methods:

  • IVLE
    • Use NUSNET ID
  • Turnitin, including Quick Submit
Quick Start Guides
FeaturesOriginalityCheck, PeerMark.OriginalityCheck.
Submissions checked againstWeb pages, other content, scholarly journals, student paper database.
More information.
Web pages, other content, scholarly journals*, ProQuest.
More information.
Submissions(By default) added to student paper database.
Lecturer can change this setting.
Not added to database.
Submission maximum length and size**100 pages or less, 20 MB or less.400 pages or less, 40 MB or less.
File typesMS Word, Word XML, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, HWP, plain text and MS PowerPoint.MS Word, Word XML, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, HWP, plain text and OpenOffice (ODT).
PrivacyPrivacy Pledge.Privacy Pledge.

* Search the scholarly journals which iThenticate uses for comparison.

** Exclude non-textual information if you have exceeded the limits.

Adapted from iThenticate > Resources > Academic (retrieved on 1 August 2014).

User Flowchart

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