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About SafeAssign's Search Engine

The internet search indexes used by SafeAssign are designed for reliability, performance, and efficiency against the large scale of search queries executed by SafeAssign. However, these search indexes can't be refreshed as frequently as those used by consumer internet search services. Generally, the Blackboard indexes can be expected to be current within 1-3 days of a change. Due to the combination of these search index characteristics and the weighting applied by the SafeAssign algorithm, results returned in a SafeAssign Originality Report may not be identical to searches performed through Google, Bing, etc. for any individual sentence or phrase.

The results from the SafeAssign service are only meant to be a tool for use at the discretion of the teacher or instructor. Due to the size and scope of both academic subject matter and the number of resources searched by SafeAssign, the results are not meant to guarantee or otherwise indicate that plagiarism has or has not occurred. The assessment of potential plagiarism should reside in the hands of the instructor, and SafeAssign results should always be considered in the context of other resources and good judgment.

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There may be occasions when the SafeAssign internal search service does not yet include specific webpages or websites and as a consequence SafeAssign Originality Reports may not identify potentially matching text within student works. If a webpage or website is not reflected in a SafeAssign Originality Report, instructors can use the URL Adder tool in SafeAssign to submit the link to Blackboard for inclusion in the global database. 

The URL adder tool is accessed through Course Tools -> SafeAssign -> URL Adder.

Once accessed, enter the URL to the website you would like to suggest and click SUBMIT.

SafeAssign will attempt to include all pages available under the base URL regardless of whether an individual web page or root URL is submitted. For example, if http://about.umbc.edu/visitors-guide/directions is submitted to the Blackboard using the URL Adder tool, then SafeAssign will find all webpages associated with the umbc.edu base URL. Links and pages submitted will be added on the database on a monthly basis.

Any URLs submitted to SafeAssign will be available to all Blackboard users and institutions, which benefits the entire SafeAssign community.