Plagiarism Prevention: SafeAssign and TurnItIn

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Both SafeAssign and TurnItIn are available within your Blackboard courses, which means that faculty have two options for setting up assignments that will be checked for improper citation or potential plagiarism.  These services both help you detect unoriginal content in student papers by comparing them to sources on the internet, library databases and other student papers.  Because TurnItIn has only recently been added (as of April 2012), it will not contain as many FAU student assignments (papers submitted to SafeAssign reside in a separate database that has been in use since 2009).  However, TurnItIn includes some additional features that are not available in SafeAssign, such as Grade mark, an online paperless grading, rubric and feedback tool, and Peer Mark, a tool that facilitates peer review so that students can evaluate each other's work anonymously. 


TurnItIn Instructor Manual [PDF]

Additional resources, including documentation and video tutorials, can be found online at

How does SafeAssign work?

SafeAssign can be used in two ways. Instructors can set up SafeAssignments in their Blackboard courses and let students submit papers to these assignments.  As students submit papers, they are checked against SafeAssign's comprehensive databases of source material.  The papers will then be delivered to instructors through Blackboard together with the originality reports, with the results of the matching process, attached to them. Instructors may also upload papers directly with the Direct Submit feature, without student involvement.

Matching Process

SafeAssign checks all submitted papers against the following databases:

  • 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.

SafeAssign generates an Originality Report with the results of the Matching process.

Resources for Instructors

Creating SafeAssignments [PDF]
Creating Draft Assignments
Interpreting Reports
SafeAssign Instructor Manual [PDF]

Resources for Students

Submitting a paper
Viewing Reports
Downloading Instructor Comments
SafeAssign Student Manual [PDF]