Videos on paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism

My last major task before leaving UNC-Chapel Hill was to finish a series of video presentations on paraphrasing and plagiarism that I’ve been promising to make for months! They are finished, and you can watch them here.

I had already done a video on this topic last year, but after hearing some great sessions at TESOL in March, I wanted to revisit this important area for academic writers. In particular, the second-language writing interest section’s colloquium on plagiarism (handouts here) stressed the importance of teaching learners good use of sources and not just threatening them with the consequences of plagiarism.

So, that’s what I’ve tried to do in the video presentations. I start by discussing how to use sources — or rather, I give writers questions to ask about sources in their field — and then go on to show the language tricks and techniques that make for acceptable paraphrases and summaries. The series is written for ESL graduate students, but others might find it useful, too.

Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Author: Nigel Caplan

Nigel Caplan, Ph.D., is an associate professor of ESL and materials developer in Delaware, in the United States.

2 thoughts on “Videos on paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism”

  1. Nigel,
    I finally turned in my last paper of the spring semester!!! 🙂
    Thus, I followed the link posted on your blog to watch one of the videos. It’s awesome! I liked the way you organized the lecture and already recommended to other international students I know.
    Thanks!!

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Fernanda. I’m glad you enjoyed the videos. Congratulations on completing the semester — have a great summer, and keep in touch here!

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