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SafeAssign is used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help you identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase.

SafeAssign compares your submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.

The SafeAssignments Process

SafeAssign is based on a unique text matching algorithm capable of detecting exact and inexact matching between a paper and source material. SafeAssignments are compared against several different databases containing millions of articles dating from the 1990s to the present. After the comparison a report is generated that provides detailed information about the matches found between your submitted paper and existing sources.

Safeguard Your Work

You can safeguard your own work by submitting copies of your papers to the Global Reference Database. Papers from other institutions are checked against your paper. This protects the originality of your work across institutions. The Global Reference Database is a separate database from your institution's database. When you submit your papers to the database voluntarily, you agree not to delete papers in the future. You are free to select the option to check your papers without submitting them to the Global Reference Database. Blackboard does not claim ownership of submitted papers.

SafeAssign Originality Reports

After a paper has been processed, a report is generated detailing the percentage of text in the submitted paper that matches existing sources. The report also shows the suspected sources of each section of the submitted paper that returns a match. Your instructor can delete matching sources from the report and process it again when the paper is a continuation of a previously submitted work.

The originality report does not state whether a phrase that matches a source is properly attributed. Your instructor will read the report and determine if proper citations were used.

How to Submit a SafeAssignment

You can only submit a SafeAssignment once. If you want to edit, delete, or resubmit a SafeAssignment, contact your instructor and request that they clear your first submission. Please note that there is a file size limit of 10MB. If your submission is larger than 10MB, SafeAssign will not be able to process it.

  1. On the course menu, select the link where SafeAssignment is located, for example, Assignments.
  2. On the Assignments page, look for the SafeAssignment and click View/Complete.

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  3. On the Upload SafeAssignment page, optionally, type your comments in the Comment box.
  4. Browse to select a file to attach as your submission.
  5. Optionally, select the Global Reference Database check box to upload your paper to the Global Reference Database.
  6. Click Submit.

    In Learn 9.1 SP 13 and earlier, ensure your browser's cookies are enabled before you click Submit. If they are not, you will receive an error indicating either you are not logged in, your session has timed out or you do not have appropriate privileges. (In Learn 9.1 SP 14, you won't even be able to navigate to the Assignments page if your browser cookies are not already enabled.)

    After you submit SafeAssignments, there is a slight delay between the upload and the availability of the SafeAssign report. Results are normally available within 10-15 minutes.

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How to View SafeAssignment Submissions

View your submissions and the SafeAssign reports associated with it by accessing the SafeAssignment after submitting your paper. This option is only available if allowed by your instructor.

  1. Return to the assignment link in the content area that holds the SafeAssignment, for example, the Assignments content area.
  2. On the Assignments page, look for the SafeAssignment and click View/Complete. You will find:
    • Assignment Information: This section displays the name of the SafeAssignment and its description.
    • Submitted Work: This section provides link to the following:
      • Text: Select this option to view your paper and comments.
      • File: Select this option to download the submission.
      • Matching: The percentage listed is the percentage of your paper that matches other sources. Read the full report to determine if the matching is properly attributed.
      • SA Report: Select this option to view the full SafeAssign report.
    • View Grade: This section lists the grade given by your instructor.
    • Instructor's Feedback: This section lists any feedback, and provides links to open or download any files attached by your instructor.

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To learn about interpreting the originality report, see SafeAssign Originality Reports.