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Getting Started with Academic Writing

A newly updated writing guide reflecting on writing skills and avoiding plagiarism.



Whether fresh out of high school or returning after many years away, writing papers has changed and hearing about plagiarism adds to the anxiety. There are four goals for this guide:

  1. Recognize the types of academic dishonesty, with plagiarism as one kind.
  2.  Identify ways to prevent plagiarism. By understanding 'why' you can take action.
  3. Learn about paraphrasing and direct quotation.
  4. See where else you can go for help on your paper.

Start by informing yourself of the skills you need and where to turn for help.

Go Beyond the Guide

Our Self-Directed Learning module on Academic Integrity provides an active approach to learning about Academic Integrity. This content features videos not featured in this guide or for a more contained exploration of the topic with six topics. For students unsure about citation or if unitentinal plagiarism has happened, ASC's Writing Centre provides help and guidance via email or video conference. Give your writing process space for another look at your paper and see how it looks before the final grade.


  • Academic dishonesty
  • Academic Integrity
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • APA Style
  • Argumentative Essay
  • Career Portfolio
  • Citation Styles
  • Citing
  • Copyright
  • Cover Letter
  • Critical Skills


  • Critical Thinking
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Cheating in Education
  • Citation
  • Contract Cheating
  • Electronic Citation
  • Education-ethical aspects
  • Essay Writing
  • Formal Essay
  • Paraphrasing
  • Plagiarism
  • Research Paper
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Referencing in Writing
  • Student Ethics
  • Student Plagiarism
  • Summarizing Text
  • Text Recycling
  • Thesis Statement
  • Unintentional Plagiarism
  • Verbatim Plagiarism
  • Writing