Writing an essay or research paper can be hard work! The resources below can help you with your writing:

  1. Visit the Writing Centre at Brescia
  2. The OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab has lots of writing resources for you to use. You can find out about subject-specific writing, writing mechanics, grammar, and more
  3. Check out Western’s Writing Support Centre Online Writing Resources. They have lots of writing support handouts for you to use


Plagiarism is something that comes up a lot at university (it’s important – never to do it!) and it can be a scary word if you don’t understand it.  Just what do we mean by plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using the work, words, or ideas of someone else without acknowledging them. It can be intentional, or unintentional. This is why we talk about citing so much. When you use an idea from another source in your paper, use a quote, or reprint a picture, you need to state where you got it from. If you use the idea of somebody else, but put it in your own words, you are paraphrasing. If you use the exact words from another source, you are quoting.

The sites below have lots of information about plagiarism, and how to avoid it. Visit them before you submit your assignment.

  • Avoiding Plagiarism – OWL @ Purdue — defines plagiarism, lists examples and gives a “Safe Practices” list
  • Plagiarism.org — A website dedicated to all aspects of plagiarism: definitions, FAQ, help with citing, and a plagiarism checker to use before you hand in your assignments.

When you are writing, you will need to cite your sources. Beryl Ivey Library has the citation information you need!