Safeassignment Score

A SafeAssign originality report is divided into three areas:

Report information

Report information appears in the right panel of the report. When you reduce the width of the viewing area, this information appears at the top. You can view data about the paper, such as the percent of matching text, word count, and when it was submitted. If you included multiple attachments, they appear with the report information. You also have an option for viewing a printable version. This printable version is the most effective view of the report for users who rely on assistive technology to access Blackboard Learn. At the top of the page, click Print to view the printable version. Download the PDF to email to others.


The sources that include text that matches the submitted paper's text are listed in the right panel of the report.

Manuscript text

The submitted paper appears in the left panel of the report. All matching blocks of text are identified. Each source has a color specific to the source—up to 30 unique colors for 30 different sources. Text matching a source is highlighted in the source color and identified with a number. In the right panel, you can click Show/Hide All Highlighting to turn source highlighting off and on for all sources at one time. You can turn the highlighting off and on for only one citation. Click Remove or Show Highlighting next to a citation.

Click a matching block of text to display information about the original source and the probability that the block or sentence was copied from the source.

SafeAssign Originality Reports

SafeAssign originality reports provide detailed information about the matches found between a submitted paper and existing sources. The SafeAssign report identifies all matching blocks of text. You and your students need to investigate whether the matching text is properly referenced. Detailing each match prevents detection errors due to differences in citing standards.

Report Layout

SafeAssign reports are divided into three sections:

Report Information: This section lists data about the paper, such as the author, percent of matching text, 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 users that rely on assistive technology to access Blackboard Learn.

Citations: This section lists the sources that have text that matches the text of the submitted paper. You can select sources, exclude them from the review, and process the paper again. This is useful if you find that the flagged text was actually properly quoted and cited, or if the flagged text is the reference section of the paper. Processing the paper again generates a new value for the percent matching without using the excluded sources.

Manuscript Text:

The left side of the report displays the student's submitted assignment. Each matching block of text are highlighted in a different color. SafeAssign has the capability of locating up to 30 different sources within one submission. Clicking on a block of text opens up a window that displays the student's text side-by-side with the suspected source, a hyperlink to that source, and a probability percentage that the student's text was copied from the source. 

Interpreting SafeAssign Scores

Sentence matching scores represent the percentage probability that two phrases have the same meaning. This number reflects the reciprocal to the probability that these two phrases are similar by chance. For example, a score of 90 percent means that there is a 90 percent probability that these two phrases are the same. There is a 10 percent probability that they are similar by chance and not because the submitted paper includes content from the existing source (whether appropriately attributed or not).

The overall SafeAssign score indicates the probability that the submitted paper contains matches to existing sources. This score is a warning indicator only. Review papers to see if the matches are properly attributed.

Scores below 15 percent: These papers typically include some quotes and few common phrases or blocks of text that match other documents. These papers typically do not require further analysis, as there is no evidence of plagiarism.

Scores between 15 percent and 40 percent: These papers include extensive quoted or paraphrased material or they include plagiarism. Review these papers to determine if the matching content is properly attributed.

Scores over 40 percent: There is a very high probability that text in these papers was copied from other sources. These papers include quoted or paraphrased text in excess and need to be reviewed for plagiarism.

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