Watch and Learn

Do you know how to reference material that has been published without plagiarizing the content? This video covers the basics of writing a paper without copying someone else's work.

If you do not see the video, please click on the link to view it in a new window or tab (you will leave this page):

How to avoid plagiarism
Acknowledging, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources

Top Tips on How to Avoid Plagiarism

  • First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.

  • Use the ideas of others to position your own argument in relation to theirs.

  • When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.

  • Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.

  • A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.


Acknowledging, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources

Enhance your Learning

Editage is a service to help ensure that your manuscript contains no instances of unintentional plagiarism.

If you do not see the video, please click on the link to view it in a new window or tab (you will leave this page):

Editage - Tips to avoid Accidental Plagiarism

Enhance your Wellness

Mindfulness is a way to step fully into the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. Research suggests that practicing mindfulness offers many benefits for health and wellbeing including stress reduction.

Join free drop-in guided Mindful Meditation and Movement Sessions at VIU! https://www.viu.ca/events/breathing-space-mindful-movement-and-meditation-1.

Access free guided audio at: http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/mindfulness/programs/mbsr/Pages/audio.aspx

For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources.

Student Support Areas

Writing Centre


Improve Your Writing and Research

Improve Your Writing and Research

Assistance to be a better writer while you find and cite information accurately

Value for Me?

Why is citation so common?

“ ... because much of what we know about the world we learn only from what others have said, and

               because

conveying this knowledge as coming from a particular source gives us a chance to take a position in relation to other people’s positions in the world” (Giltrow 16).

Visualize Topic

Plagiarism
Plagiarism

Technology Integration

There are many online tools to assist you in determining whether you have accidentally plagiarized part of your work. Please be aware that many of these tools are hosted in the United States and abroad and that you will lose control of the data you upload.

Need more information?

Request Information

Want to talk to someone about specific questions?

Contact a Representative

Ready to join us at VIU?

Apply Online