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Instructors can use SafeAssign to check submitted assignments for originality. SafeAssign compares your submissions against multiple sources to identify areas of overlap between your work and existing publications.

If your instructor has allowed SafeAssign on your assessment, you will see this:

Uploading the assignment

After you click on Start Attempt or Continue Attempt (only if an attempt was previously started)  you can see on the left side that SafeAssign is enabled.

If you click on the blue underlined text, you will be able to see the supported file types for the SafeAssign assessment and if your file will be submitted to the Global Reference Database or not.


Originality Report

After you submit your assessment you will see that the Originality Report is being generated. That will define the percentage of plagiarism that is present in your assessment.

Click on your grade and choose your attempt to check the Originality Report on your assessment.

On the attempt window click the Originality Report tab and the report will show you the risk level, overall text matching percentage, and the full originality report of your submission.



Additional Content

If you click on additional content when your originality report is not complete yet you will see this screen.

You can close the tab and refresh the Blackboard page to track when your report has been processed.


When the report is ready, you will see the full Safe Assign Originality report. Below are two examples of submissions with different text similarity percentages.

If you have more than 0% text similarity, you will be able to see the areas of your submission that match with other text. Each segment will be highlighted with a different color. Click on the Sources category to check the specific sources. You can also visit any matching source found.

If you click on View Report Summary, you will see the same summary that is shown on the assessment page.

Please Keep in mind that Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.

Few people consider copying from the web serious cheating. However, anything published on the web is considered an original expression of an idea, which is protected by copyright laws.

Practicing plagiarism can destroy your personal, academic, and professional reputation. The result may have both legal and monetary repercussions. Please avoid plagiarism.


For further assistance, you can refer to articles available on Blackboard Ultra.