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 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/leader 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.
Submit a SafeAssginment
You can only submit a SafeAssignment once. If you would like to edit, delete, or resubmit a SafeAssignment, contact your instructor/leader and request that they clear your first submission.
1. On the course/organization menu, select the link where SafeAssignment is located, for example, Assignments.
2. Look for the SafeAssignment and click View/Complete.
3. On the Upload SafeAssignment page, optionally, type your comments in the Comment box.
4. Browse to select a file to attach to your submission.
5. Optionally, select the Global Reference Database check box to upload your paper to the Global Reference Database.
6. Click Submit.
Note: After you submit the SafeAssignments, there is a slight delay between the upload and the availability of the SafeAssign report. Results are normally available within 10-15 minutes, but there is heavy usages time (i.e., the end of the semester) where reports can take up to 24 hours depending on how much the system is being used.