Here are some sites I’ve found useful for grammar and punctuation help, though I expect you can find many others through web searches!
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
- The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: http://www.grammarbook.com/
- Grammar Girl (Mignon Fogarty): http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
Help with writing generally, outside of talking to Christina or your peers in Arts One
UBC does have a place where you can go to talk to others about your writing, called the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. They have drop-in hours, as well as information on their website about writing more generally.
- The UBC Library has a site that gives information about various citations styles. In our seminar, you’ll need to use MLA style (go to “style guides” in the tabs on this page): http://help.library.ubc.ca/evaluating-and-citing-sources/how-to-cite/
- The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) has some nice help on MLA (and other) styles. Here is their page for MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/shttps://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ection/2/
- This page from the library has links to a few citation tools that you could try to put your citations into MLA format. See “tools,” here: http://help.library.ubc.ca/evaluating-and-citing-sources/how-to-cite/
- Note that if you use one of these tools, you are still responsible for making sure the citations are correct. Not all of the tools are entirely reliable for making the citations correct. And a problem with EasyBib and perhaps other tools: if you copy/paste from EasyBib, the text or film titles are no longer italicized, when they should be!
Citing poetry in MLA style
This is a useful, concise PDF document: http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/writingcenter/upload/MLA%20In%20Text%20Citation%20of%20Poetry%20and%20Drama.pdf
Here’s a longer article with more detail about how to quote and cite poetry using MLA style (including how to use slashes between lines of poetry in quotes).
Here are some resources about what academic integrity is and how to avoid problems like plagiarism. It’s actually fairly easy to engaging in plagiarism in essays, even if you don’t mean to. Usually it’s a matter of learning how to paraphrase and cite sources correctly. The links below should help with such things.
UBC policies on academic integrity & academic misconduct
- UBC Policy 85, on Scholarly Integrity: http://www.universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2015/08/policy85.pdf
- UBC Calendar, information on Academic misconduct and discipline (all of the sections on this page are useful): http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/Vancouver/index.cfm?tree=3,54,111,0
What is academic integrity?
The International Center for Academic Integrity explains integrity this way:
The International Center for Academic Integrity definesacademic integrity as a commitment to five fundamentalvalues: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, andresponsibility. We believe that these five values, plus thecourage to act on them even in the face of adversity, aretruly foundational to the academy.
Avoiding plagiarism, how to paraphrase correctly
- A site that goes through what plagiarism is and how to cite properly: http://www.plagiarism.org
- the “Plagiarism 101” part is good
- this video on the site is also useful
- Note: the site seems to exist in part to get you to use their plagiarism checker site, WriteCheck, which costs money, and which might require you to store personal information in the United States. I am not recommending you sign up for WriteCheck! You can use the plagiarism.org site without that.
- Here’s a document that explains some common problems with paraphrasing incorrectly in a way sometimes referred to as “patchwriting.” It’s a common way to unintentionally end up plagiarizing.
- Here are a couple of comprehensive tutorials on how to use quotations and paraphrases accurately to avoid plagiarism.
- Here’s a nice, fairly short tutorial from the University of Southern Mississippi, which allows you to take some informal quizzes to test your knowledge.
- This web page from LeMoyne College has several green tabbed sections near the top, including one called “tutorial”–that one is an interactive video where you can answer questions within the video.
Instances of plagiarism in world beyond educational institutions
Some of these I have only URL’s for at the moment; I haven’t had time to write text descriptions yet!
Melania Trump plagiarizing parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech:
- Nwanevu, Osita, and Stewart, Rachel. “Watch Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama….” Slate, 19 July 2016. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/19/melania_trump_plagiarizes_michelle_obama_s_2008_speech.html
- part of the text of the two speeches side-by-side, with differences and similarities noted: https://www.diffchecker.com/kpqopvqy
- Some defenses of what happened:
University of Alberta Dean of Medicine
Margaret Wente, columnist for The Globe and Mail newspaper (Canada)
- Comparison of Wente’s columns with other sources (from 2012): https://mediaculpapost.blogspot.ca/2012/09/margaret-wente-zero-for-plagiarism.html
- Wente’s published defense & apology: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/columnist-margaret-wente-defends-herself/article4565731/
- The Toronto Star, 25 April, 2016: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/04/25/globe-and-mail-columnist-margaret-wente-caught-up-in-plagiarism-scandal-again.html
- Mexican President Pena Nieto accused of plagiarism: The Daily Mail, 22 Aug. 2016 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3753402/Mexican-President-Pena-Nieto-accused-plagiarizing-thesis.html
- Politicians in Germany wanting PhD’s and committing plagiarism: Deutsche Welle, 13 Feb. 2013: http://www.dw.com/en/tempting-phds-lead-politicians-into-plagiarism/a-16595782