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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 in both the Institution and Global Database to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.

Step-by-step guide

To submit a SafeAssignment

  1. On the course menu, select the link where your instructor has placed the SafeAssign assignment, for example, Assignments.
  2. Click on the assignment.
  3. Read the instructions for how to submit your SafeAssign assignment

    To write your submission directly in Blackboard Learn (not recommended):

    1. Click on the Write Submission button.

    2. Type your submission into the content editor

    To upload a file (e.g., a Microsoft Word file):

    1. Click on the Browse My Computer button.

    2. Locate the file you would like to submit and click the Open button to attach it to the assignment.
      Your file will be displayed under the Attached files area for your confirmation.

  4. Optionally, select the Global Reference Database check box to upload your paper to the Global Reference Database. This is a good idea so other individuals don't plagiarize your work.

  5. Click Submit.

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, but may be longer during peak times of the semester.

To View SafeAssignment Submissions

View your submissions and the SafeAssign reports associated with it by accessing the SafeAssign assignment 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 SafeAssign assignment, for example, the Assignments content area.
  2. Click on the assignment. 

  3. Click on the SafeAssign link in the Attempt area

  4. This will expand the SafeAssign area. Click on the View Originality Report button.

  5. Your SafeAssign Originality Report will open in a new tab/window. For more information on how to interpret the report please see our How to Read the SafeAssign Originality Report page.


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