Academic writing frequently requires reading, evaluating, and incorporating scholarly sources to support an argument or hypothesis, or to address a research question.
The resources on this page provide guidance on using sources ethically, citing them correctly, and avoiding plagiarism.
Using sources ethically and citing
- Academic integrity: resources to help you avoid plagiarism
- SFU Academic Integrity tutorial: find out about Academic Integrity at SFU (note: the quizzes may not work in the public version of the course)
- SFU Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism: learn about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in your academic writing (note: the quizzes may not work in the public version of the course)
- Citing research sources
- APA Interactive: customized examples of APA references and in-text citations
- Checklist for formatting APA-style papers
- NEW! Pro Tips for Essay Writers series on Citations (Stephanie Bell and Brian Hoston):
- What is a Citation?
- Sources are People
- Citing every sentence?
- Plagiarism and other scary things
- You can also test your understanding of these videos and apply your new citation skills using this interactive worksheet.
- Integrating sources in your paper -- a link to SLC handouts
- Referring to sources (University of Toronto)
- Using Sources (Harvard Guide to Using Sources)
- ICE: Introduce, Cite, Explain your Evidence (Penn State University)