What is DirectSubmit?
The Direct Submit tool is the “teacher only” version of SafeAssign. This tool allows you as an instructor to upload files individually or as a group in a zipped folder and compare them against the same databases used for SafeAssign. There are two options available – you can submit documents as drafts that checks for plagiarism, but does not add them to the Institutional Search Database or you can submit documents to the Institutional Search Database and not check for plagiarism. The second option is an easy way to populate the Institutional Search Database with student work from previous semesters.
Instructors: Please be aware that SafeAssign currently searches the ProQuest/ABI database of journal articles. This database primarily includes publications for business disciplines. Test the service before you commit to using it in your class.
- In the Build tab of your WebCT course, click Add Content Link.
- Select DirectSubmit. Then click the Create DirectSubmit button.
- Name the tool Direct Submit. Click Configure.
The new DirectSubmit tool has been added to the course homepage.
- In the Teach tab click on the DirectSubmit tool.
- Click the Submit papers button. Then you can choose which type of submission you want (draft or building the Institutional Search Database).
- You can upload the file or files or copy and paste it into the provided window. Multiple files can be uploaded as a .zip folder.
Zip or compress the individual files before trying to upload them.
- Then click Submit at the bottom.
Once you’ve uploaded the files they will appear in the list on the DirectSubmit drop box. If you are planning to upload multiple files and would like keep them organized, you can create a folder for each group and keep them organized. Create the folder before you upload the files. Click on the appropriate folder, then upload the files.
We do not recommend submitting more than 300 papers in a session. And there are file size limits for submissions:
- Papers with over 5,000 phrases or
- Larger than 10 MB in size.
The Private folders are visible to you as the individual instructor who created them. If you co-teach a course or have teaching assistants you want to share the papers with, you would want to create Shared folders. The documents in the shared folders are available to anyone who is enrolled as a Section Instructor or a Teaching Assistant.