Many tutees — and academic writers, in general — are concerned about plagiarism. Not only are they (rightly) intent on making sure their own arguments are not lost among or confused with those of their sources, but they also are keenly aware that the penalties for plagiarism are numerous: failing grades, removal from courses, and lingering stigma in one’s academic community. Therefore, students spend much of their composition time agonizing over summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations, often sacrificing time that could be used developing their own arguments.
Sadly, because the stakes are so high, many writers develop anxiety about proper documentation. Here are a few online resources I’ve found so far that I hope will assist writers in the never-ending quest to avoid plagiarism.
- “Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism.” Duke University Libraries. Duke University, 1 Aug. 2007. Web. 18 June 2009.
This mini-site includes the following sections of interest to non-Duke University writers: Warning Signs, What to Site, and How to Cite.
- Purdue OWL. “Avoiding Plagiarism.” The OWL at Purdue. Purdue University, 30 Sep. 2008. Web. 18 June 2009.
This mini-site includes the following sections of interest to student writers: Overview and Contradictions, Is It Plagiarism Yet?, Safe Practices, and Safe Practices: An Exercise.
- – – -. “Paraphrase: Write it in Your Own Words.” The OWL at Purdue. Purdue University, 11 Oct. 2007. Web. 18 June 2009.
This mini-site includes instruction on paraphrasing and a paraphrasing exercise with possible answers conveniently and helpfully listed on a separate page.