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Learning resources

For undergraduate students in the Department of English

Understanding MLA style (8th Edition, 2016 updates)

Look Smart: Avoid Bad Grammar (Michael Ullyot's Literature Lab Module 1)

This video is a top-10 list of common grammatical errors: commas, semicolons, apostrophes, homonyms, inconsistent verbs, passive-voice verbs, vague pronouns, misplaced modifiers, dangling modifiers, and parallelism.

Turn Ideas into Arguments (Michael Ullyot's Literature Lab Module 2)

In this video, you learn in four stages, how to: annotate texts (for six features); think about your notes; filter your thoughts; and summarize your arguments.

Quote with Integrity (Michael Ullyot's Literature Lab Module 3)

In this video, you learn why and how to quote other people’s writing, in your writing. You also learn how to cite your sources, whether they're prose or verse. And how to integrate that textual evidence smoothly into your analysis, and when to paraphrase it. Finally, you learn why plagiarizing sources in your essay is the equivalent of claiming that you and your friends recorded Rihanna songs in your garage. 

Writing resources

Essay Writing for English Courses (Jon Kertzer)

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Guidelines for MLA Formatting and Documentation

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Michael Ullyot's Guide to Critical Writing

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Writing Support Services

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University of Calgary Library

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Harvard Writing Center

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Helpful books


by Joseph Williams

Revising Prose

by Richard Lanham

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed

by Karen Gordon

Writing with Sources

by Gordon Harvey

Resources on plagiarism

University of Calgary resource

Plagiarism - Honesty in Academics

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Indiana University resource

Understanding Plagiarism: includes certificate for both instructors and students

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OWL at Purdue resource

Preventing and Avoiding Plagiarism

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University of Guelph resource

Academic Integrity Tutorial

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