Modern technologies provide students and writers with opportunities to optimize their papers. As for academic writings, SafeAssign offers advanced antiplagiarism analysis, which helps scholars to avoid issues with plagiarism or improper citing. In the digital world, the amount of information, which can be found online, is very impressive, and it poses the risk of unintentionally referencing the source, which the author was not aware of. Submitting work with plagiarism could result in not only odd revisions but can harm academic reputation. Hence, it is important to reflect on the SafeAssign report for the submitted work.
After analyzing the SafeReport for the article on chocolate intake, a few parts of the text were highlighted as plagiarized. However, all of those highlighted parts were properly cited, which means that the referencing rules were followed. The right sidebar of the SafeAssign report has an expandable list of sources, which seems confusing to me. Should the sources indicated in that list be included in the paper if they were not on my reference page initially?
Overall, SafeAssign is a useful resource, which could save a lot of time and effort to do the plagiarism check. In addition, it can be used to improve my writing in general. For example, I could practice the art of paraphrasing and test it with a SafeAssign. My practice would involve writing 3-4 paraphrased paragraphs, which would translate the same information and message, but none of them should contain plagiarized parts.
I believe that throughout my doctoral program, I will have numerous occasions, where I will use SafeAssign. Most importantly, with SafeAssign I am confident that my paper is plagiarism-free when I am double-checking it for submission.
I have had experiences with other anti-plagiarism software before that. However, the reports and the results that I received were limited to the websites or sources which can be found online. Most databases and academic sources cannot be accessed freely, hence, regular anti-plagiarism software does not take into account a broad scope of information (Rodchua, 2017). Due to that, I believed that identifying plagiarism is limited to outside sources and institutional databases cannot be accessed by such software. However, SafeAssign allows the search in institutional databases as well. This is a new thing to me and it was much needed as there are numerous dissertations, which could act as sources and they should also be included in the identifying plagiarism process.
In conclusion, the introduction of the SafeAssign report has been exciting. I can see great potential in this software as it can improve my overall writing and save me a lot of time writing academic papers throughout my doctoral program. By having the access to not only open-access web sources but institutional sources as well, the risk of having issues with plagiarism is greatly reduced. Overall, SafeAssign provides colleges and universities with an opportunity for a fair and transparent academic writing process, which makes education more ethical and valid. Due to that, students will learn the importance of proper referencing and citing in their works.
Rodchua, S. (2017). Effective Tools and Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in e-Learning. International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning, 7(3), 168.