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 use SafeAssign

1. Select the Content Area where the SafeAssign assignment is posted, such as Assignments area.

2. Click the View/Complete link.

3. Click Browse, select the file you wish to submit and click Open.

4. Check the option to submit assignment file to SafeAssign Global Reference Database and click Submit.

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SafeAssign accepts files in .doc/.docx/.txt/.rtf/.otd/.pdf/HTML formats only.

Please do not upload any other file formats.