As a student, how do I view a SafeAssign Report?

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SafeAssign Report provides detailed information about the matches found between your submitted paper and existing sources. The SafeAssign Report identifies all matching blocks of text. It is your and your instructor's responsibility to investigate whether the matching text is properly referenced or not. Detailing every match prevents detection errors due to differences in citing standards. Your instructor decides if you can see the report. 

There are 2 ways to view a SafeAssign report:

  • Go to your Grades for the course and then select the Assignment.

  • Go to the content area in the course where your instructor posted the Assignment.

  1. Click on the name of the Assignment.

  2. Depending on the file format, your submission should render on the screen.

  3. On the right side, you will see the grading and feedback area. The SafeAssign section is in blue. If you do not see the button to view the Originality Report, click on the SafeAssign title to expand the menu. Next click on the button that says View Originality Report. 


  4. A new window will open with your paper and any citations that match will be highlighted. 


  5. 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.


  • NOTE: The originality report does not state whether a phrase that matches a source is properly referenced. Your instructor must read the report and determine if you used proper citations.