All About SafeAssign

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All About SafeAssign

  1. 1. All About SafeAssign
  2. 2. What is SafeAssign? <ul><li>SafeAssign is a feature within Blackboard that helps your professor detect plagiarism --  </li></ul><ul><li>-- but wait! Before we can talk about SafeAssign, we had better cover plagiarism... </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is Plagiarism? <ul><li>Plagiarism is the unethical practice of representing someone else's words (or other intellectual or artistic product) as if they were your own. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be intentional , as when a student pays someone else to do his or her work. </li></ul><ul><li>Or, it can be unintentional , as when a student quotes a secondary source in a paper but does not know how to give credit to the writer of that source by properly citing it. </li></ul><ul><li>Both cases are plagiarism! </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Intentional plagiarism is easy to avoid -- just do your own work! </li></ul><ul><li>Unintentional plagiarism can be avoided by learning more about how and when to give credit to your sources. </li></ul><ul><li>By giving credit to your sources and making clear what is their work and what is yours, you will avoid plagiarism. </li></ul><ul><li>The primary way of giving credit to your sources is by citing them. </li></ul>What Is Plagiarism?
  5. 5. More on Plagiarism <ul><li>You'll learn more about plagiarism and proper source citation in your writing classes. For now, you should study the following helpful document produced by the Academic Resource Center: </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding Plagiarism (links to PDF file) </li></ul><ul><li>Also, read the section of your CBU Student Handbook on the CBU Honor Code. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, back to SafeAssign... </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Is SafeAssign? <ul><li>SafeAssign is a feature within Blackboard that helps your professor detect plagiarism. It works like this: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Your professor may designate some assignments as &quot;SafeAssignments.&quot; Probably, not all assignments will be &quot;SafeAssignments. </li></ul><ul><li>2. When you're ready, you will submit your assignment. Typically, you can only submit once, but this is up to your professor. </li></ul><ul><li>Continued... </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Is SafeAssign? <ul><li>3. Once you've submitted your work, SafeAssign compares it to a massive database, including the open web and thousands of student papers. </li></ul><ul><li>4. When it has completed this comparison, it will return to you and your professor a report detailing the results. This report will be available in Blackboard 1-10 minutes after your submission. </li></ul><ul><li>To view a sample report, click here. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Is SafeAssign? <ul><li>The primary purpose of SafeAssign is to help your professor detect unethical behavior, and the reports it generates can also help you understand the importance of proper attribution of your sources. </li></ul><ul><li>It's important to understand that a good SafeAssign score does not necessarily mean that you have successfully avoided plagiarism, and that a bad score does not necessarily mean that you've plagiarized. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Try SafeAssign <ul><li>This week's learning activities include a test &quot;SafeAssignment&quot; that you can use to try out SafeAssign to see how it works, before you use it with a real assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>Specific questions on what would or would not count as plagiarism should be directed to your professor. </li></ul>

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