SafeAssign Originality Reports

SafeAssign: Interpreting Originality Reports

SafeAssign originality reports provide an explanation of the potential matches between a submitted paper and other sources. The originality report contains three important pieces of information:

  • Percentage match: This is the percentage of the paper that is suspected of being potentially plagiarized.
  • Citations: This area provides links to sources that may have been plagiarized.
  • Suspected entry: These are the areas in the report that show a side by side comparison of the text of the paper and the suspected source. Each of these will provided a percentage.

Percentage match & Citations:

There is not a standard percentage that means a student is guilty of plagiarizing. All papers run through SafeAssign should be reviewed by the instructor because the percentages can be misleading. For example, if one line out of a 2-page paper is plagiarized the percentage will be high. If one line out of a 10-page paper if plagiarized the percentage will be low; however, in both cases it is still plagiarized.

Suspected entry:

The text on the left is from the student’s paper and the text on the right is from another student’s paper that is in the SafeAssign database. SafeAssign reported that there is a 63% possibility that the text was plagiarized. However, once the texts are compared it is clear that the information was a direct quote that was used and cited correctly. While SafeAssign flagged this entry, it is ok.


SafeAssign may also flag items on the paper’s reference list if those items have been used in other papers.  Instructors should always review the SafeAssign reports closely. 

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