SafeAssign is Blackboard's plagiarism prevention tool. When a
student submits work through SafeAssign, it is checked against
several databases of source material.
The following types of files can be submitted to
- .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word).
- .ppt or .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
- .odt (OpenOffice.org Writer).
- .pdf (Adobe PDF).
- .rtf (Rich text format).
- .txt (Plain text).
- .htm or .html (Web page).
- Click on the name of the SafeAssignment.
- Click Browse My Computer to attach your assignment or
Write Submission to create a text submission.
Note: Do not use special characters (#, &, ?, =, etc.) in
your filename. Do not copy and paste your assignment into the
- If you check the box next to I agree to submit my paper to
the Global Reference Database, you are volunteering to submit
your paper to this database. After your paper is submitted, it will
be included in future plagiarism checks for every institution using
SafeAssign. This deters use of your ideas by others without your
permission. If you do not check the box, your paper will still be
included in the institutional (University at Buffalo)
- Click Submit.
Note: SafeAssign does not know the difference
between plagiarized and properly cited material. Even if you
use references, footnotes, or a bibliography, SafeAssign may
still flag quotations, resulting in a higher Matching percentage.
It is up to your instructor to read your SA Report carefully and
determine whether or not you plagiarized. They may also choose to
reprocess your assignment, excluding sources that match your
properly referenced materials.
Note: you will be able to view the
percentage of potential plagiarism, if the instructor authorizes
it. If access is granted, you would need to re-open the
SafeAssignment to view this information.