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Blackboard Resources for Instructors


SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service offered through Blackboard. This service helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. SafeAssign is centrally hosted by Blackboard and provided FREE to Blackboard clients!


Get an error message when trying to set up or submit a SafeAssignment? If you receive the error message "The course is out of sync with SafeAssignment back-end server" please try the following steps to synchronize your course: Go into the course> Control Panel area > Course Tools > SafeAssign > SafeAssignments > Synchronize this course. This should resolve the issue and allow SafeAssignment submissions.

 Need help with SafeAssign?

If you need additional guidance on how to use the SafeAssign service in your course, use our online Help Form.


Blackboard 9.1 SafeAssign Instructor's Guide

View SafeAssignment Submissions
View a Sample Originality Report
Blackboard Faculty Help Request

Blackboard Faculty Help Site

More About SafeAssign

SafeAssign checks all submitted papers against:


  • Internet - comprehensive index of documents available for public access on the Internet.
  • ProQuest ABI/Inform database with over 1,100 publication titles and about 2.6 million articles from '90s to present time, updated weekly (exclusive access).
  • Institutional document archives containing all papers submitted to SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions.
  • Global Reference Database containing papers that were volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.

Use SafeAssign in two different ways:

SafeAssignment -  Instructors can set up SafeAssignments in their Blackboard courses (much like the Assignments feature). As students submit papers, they are checked against SafeAssign's comprehensive databases of source material. Student files, along with the results from SafeAssign will be delivered to the instructor in the Gradebook.

Direct Submit - Instructors may upload papers directly with the Direct Submit feature, without student involvement. Direct Submit allows instructors to submit papers one-at-a-time or several at once (by including them, in a .zip file). Supported file types include .doc, .docx, .rtf, .htm, .html, .txt).

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