Use SafeAssign to review assignment submissions for plagiarism potential and create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.

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

This proprietary SafeAssign algorithm analyzes submission text and optimizes the words and terms to be searched against multiple data sources. Results returned from each service are further processed based on both the weight returned by the search service and comparative weighting by the SafeAssign algorithm, which determines the result set to be returned in the Originality Report.

Student submissions to SafeAssign are compared against several different sources, including:

Institutional document archives: Contains all papers submitted to SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions.

Global Reference Database: Contains over 15 million papers volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.

ProQuest ABI/Inform database: More than 1,100 publication titles and about 2.6 million articles from 1990s to present time, updated weekly.

Internet: SafeAssign searches across the broader internet for matching text using the Yahoo! BOSS search service as the underlying Internet index provider.


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. Instructors can delete matching sources from the report and process it again. This is useful if the paper is a continuation of a previously submitted work by the same student. Because SafeAssign identifies all matching blocks of text, it is important to read the report carefully and investigate whether or not the block of text is properly attributed.

Grade Center Integration

When you create an Assignment, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center. When an Assignment using SafeAssign is ready for grading, an exclamation mark appears in the Grade Center cell. Grade Assignments from the Grade Center or access them from the Needs Grading page. 

How to use SafeAssign in your Assignments 

1) On the Create Assignment page, expand Submission Details


2) Select Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign.

3) Optionally, select one or both options:

4) Allow students to view the SafeAssign originality reports on their submissions.

5) Exclude all student submissions for this assignment from the institutional or global reference databases.

6) Complete the Create Assignment page.

7) Click Submit.

Last updated: 

May 05, 2015