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Using SafeAssign

Question asked by ak0049366 on Jul 19, 2016
Latest reply on Aug 29, 2016 by a.streetman

I am curious about how useful SafeAssign is for detecting plagiarism from online sources. I tested it myself, uploading a paper that I lifted entirely from a published text, and it found only 25% matching, all of which came from the citations. Of course the citations have been used elsewhere!  The tool did not flag any of the actual text.  A faculty member just reported a similar finding, with only 3% matching, when he was aware of a significant percentage of the paper being plagiarized.  Am I misunderstanding how SafeAssign works?  Is it simply to find plagiarism within the institution, ie students copying from one another?  Or is it simply an ineffective tool?