SafeAssign plagiarism software compares student papers to the Internet, journal articles in online databases, and to other student papers in local and global databases. The local database is particular to Chemeketa; student papers submitted to the system automatically enter Chemeketa’s local database. The global database contains papers from all institutions that use SafeAssign; students must “opt in” to this database upon submitting an assignment.
The system can be used so that instructors submit student papers, or so that students can submit their own papers. It is recommended that students submit their own papers so that the software is used as a teaching tool.
What exactly do SafeAssign reports show?
- Interactive reports indicate the total percentage of a paper that matches content from other sources.
- Reports clearly indicate which passages match other content and identify the source of the matching content. If the match is to a Website, the URL is identified. If the match is to another student paper, the instructor is able to view the original paper.
- Instructor versions of reports that contain matches to other student work show the original document; student versions of the report do not show the content of other student papers, but rather indicate only that a match to another student’s document has been identified.
- Both word-for-word plagiarism and unsuccessfully paraphrased passages are identified, such as when a student borrows a source’s sentence structure, merely swapping key words out for synonyms.
- Possible plagiarized passages appear as hyperlinks; clicking the links opens a pop-up window that shows the original and matching passages, allowing for side-by-side comparison.
SafeAssign and Student Privacy
Due to the nature of the reporting tool, content within a written piece of work is viewable in the local Chemeketa database. For this reason, both students and instructors should remove personal student information when submitting to the local database.