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Listen to these experienced OU tutors explain why you must learn to explain concepts and ideas in your own words. Copying large chunks of someone else's written work into your assignment, even if you credit it to the original author, isn't acceptable.Sign in to view this video
The following online sessions from the OU Library will help you develop skills in searching, evaluating and selecting information.
Finding information for your assignment This session is aimed at undergraduate students of OU level 1 and 2 modules.
How to do a literature search This session is suitable for students of OU Level 3 modules and above.
Developing good academic practice A comprehensive OU site offering guidance on how to avoid plagiarism, which includes an engaging activity on Writing in your own words.
Referencing and plagiarism A guide from the OU Library on referencing.
The activity below from the University of Southampton shows you when and how to use quotations in academic writing. Includes practice in how to quote correctly.
When to quote Examples from the University of Bristol on when to quote and when not to, with advice on how to punctuate quoted material.