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Interpret a SafeAssign Report

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A SafeAssign report provides detailed information about the matches found between your submitted paper and existing sources. The SafeAssign report identifies all matching blocks of text. It is your and your instructor's/leader's responsibility to investigate whether the matching text is properly referenced or not. Detailing every match prevents detection errors due to differences in citing standards.

1. Return to the View SafeAssignment page.

2. On the View SafeAssignment page, click the green check mark link under SA Report. The SA Report provides extensive information to help you determine whether you are appropriately citing your works. This page includes:

  • Paper Information: This section lists data about the paper, such as the author, percent matching, and when it was submitted. This section also includes options for downloading the report, emailing the report, or viewing a printable version. The printable version is the most effective view of the report for those users that rely on assistive technologies to access Blackboard Learn.
  • Suspected Sources: This section lists the sources that match sections of the submitted paper.
    • To display the original work, click the source title.
    • To display the related phrase within your paper, click the magnifying glass.
  • Paper Text: This section shows the submitted paper. All matching blocks of text are identified and numbered. Click a phrase to display the Source Comparison Window which provides a direct comparison between your paper’s phrase and the source document it matches.

Interpreting the Overall SafeAssign Score

The overall SafeAssign score indicates the probability that the submitted paper contains matches to existing sources.

  • Scores below 15 percent: These papers typically include some quotes and few common phrases or blocks of text matching other documents.
  • Scores between 15 percent and 40 percent: These papers include extensive quoted or paraphrased material, or they may include plagiarism.
  • Scores over 40 percent: There is a very high probability that text in this paper was copied from other sources. These papers include quoted or paraphrased text in excess.