General

How to avoid plagiarism?

ACCORDING TO THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE DICTIONARY, TO “PLAGIARIZE” MEANS

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize )

Plagiarism is copying or using someone else’s information without citing or referencing to the original source.  It is  defined with words such as “to steal” or “theft”; that means it is a serious offence and has serious consequences including monetary penalties, suspension or dismission from school. 

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM:

  • turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on “fair use” rules)

(source: http://plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism  )

Following web-sites can help you to cite your sources correctly in order to avoid plagiarism:

http://plagiarism.org/

Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue)

Avoiding Plagiarism (MIT)

How Not to Plagiarize (University of Toronto)

Research and Documenting Sources (Purdue)

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Citing References in Your Paper Includes APA, MLA, CBE etc. (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Vocabulary

RESOURCES for VOCABULARY STUDY


ONLINE DICTIONARIES

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

www.seslisozluk.com

www.zargan.com

Thesaurus

http://www.thesaurus.com/

LINKS TO PRACTICE VOCABULARY                                                                         

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vocabulary.html

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/category/vocabulary/

PHRASAL VERBS                                                                                                                   

http://a4esl.org/q/h/idioms.html

http://www.carolinebrownenglishlessons.com/

http://esl.about.com/od/vocabularyreference/a/phrasalvref.htm

http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch27.html

http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/quizzesintro.htm

http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch27.html

http://bogglesworldesl.com/phrasalverbs.html FOR TEACHERS

http://www.tedpower.co.uk/phrasal.html FOR TEACHERS

Commonly Confused Words

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/conford.html FOR SS AND TS

ACADEMIC WORDS LIST

The Academic Word List (AWL) was developed by Averil Coxhead at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The list contains academic words that appear with great frequency in a broad range of academic texts.

http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/academic/

http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/AWL/

Grammar

LINKS FOR PRACTICING GRAMMAR


http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/grammar_topics.php

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/2/

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/grammar.htm

http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/writing/grammar

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/index.html

http://a4esl.org/q/h/grammar.html

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/category/grammar/

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm

http://englishplus.com/grammar/

Writing

WRITING RESOURCES


George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/george-orwells-5-rules-for-effective-writing/

http://www.ohio.edu/linguistics/esl/writing/index.html

BASICS

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/

Types of Essays

http://essayinfo.com/essays/

Developing Ideas for an Essay

http://www.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/writerscomplex.nsf/0/ce2b510e7d9975ae852569c3006acccc?OpenDocument

Narrowing Down the Topic

http://essayinfo.com/tips/narrowing_topic.php

Making an Outline

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#outlining

Organizing The Essay

http://essayinfo.com/tips/organizing_essay.php

Writing a Topic Sentence

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#topicsentence

Developing Your Thesis Statement

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#definition

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#characteristics

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#analyzing

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#moreinfo

Writing Paragraphs

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/A7D296C64BDF1C6F852569C3006B4FBF?OpenDocument#ordering

Writing an Introduction

http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/writing/introductions

Transitions

http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/transitions.html

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Transitions.html

Writing a Conclusion

http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/writing/conclusions

Making a Draft

http://www.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/writerscomplex.nsf/3cc42a422514347a8525671d0049f395/b92d6149cc49534e852569c30069f8b2?OpenDocument

Revising

http://www.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/writerscomplex.nsf/3cc42a422514347a8525671d0049f395/cfeb45e91f1a38cd852569c3006c4335?OpenDocument

http://www.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/writerscomplex.nsf/3cc42a422514347a8525671d0049f395/b92d6149cc49534e852569c30069f8b2?OpenDocument#hints

Sentence Structure

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/5/

Stages of the Writing Process

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/process.html

Grammar and Punctuation

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/GramPunct.html

Useful Links

Writing Centers in Turkey :

SABANCI UNIVERSITY

http://ciad.sabanciuniv.edu/writingcenter/

BILKENT UNIVERSITY

http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~bilwrite/

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY

http://www.buowl.boun.edu.tr/

KADIR HAS UNIVERSITY

http://www.khas.edu.tr/egitim/Yabanci-Diller-Egitim/writing-center/writing-center-hakkinda.html

 

SEHIR UNIVERSITY

http://www.sehir.edu.tr/Pages/Akademik/DillerOkulu/AkademikYazmaMerkezi.aspx?PageID=3&MenuID=1778

YILDIZ TEKNIK UNIVERSITY

http://www.ybd.yildiz.edu.tr/en/category.php?id=24

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

http://www.awc.metu.edu.tr/index.html

 

Some University Writing Centers/ Online Writing Labs [OWL] :

http://www.amherst.edu/~writing/
Amherst College, US – Writing Center

http://www.andrews.edu/WC/
Andrews University, US – Writing Center

http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Writing_Center/
Brown University – Writing Center

http://writingcenter.gmu.edu/
George Mason University – Writing Center

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/
Harvard University – Writing Center

http://cstw.osu.edu/writingcenter/default.cfm
Ohio Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, Writing Center, Ohio State University

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Purdue University – Online Writing Lab

http://lsc.ucdavis.edu/
University of California UC Davis – Learning Skills Center

http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/index.htm
University of Chicago – Writing Program

http://www.umaine.edu/wcenter/
University of Maine – Writing Center

http://cwp.missouri.edu/
University of Missouri – Campus Writing Program

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html
University of Richmond – Writer’s Web

http://writingcenters.org/

International Writing Centers Association

Online Courses

 

MISSION & VISION

Greetings from BİLGİ Writing and Learning Center!
BİLGİ Writing and Learning Center (BWLC) is the place where any BİLGİ student can get help and guidance regarding his or her writing. The center is a part of the English Language Programs and its primary aim is to assist BİLGİ students to become autonomous and competent writers, critical thinkers, and individual learners.
İstanbul Bilgi University is an English medium university and as BWLC we are aware of the challenges of writing in English; therefore, our professional instructors and trained peer-tutors are ready to provide our students with assistance at any stage of their writing process. Through one-to- one tutoring we give our students the opportunity to discover and work on their specific individual needs while writing essays,assignments.
The center also organizes Writing, Grammar, Speaking and Reading Workshops with the aim of introducing various key-points and tools which are necessary for their written work.
BWLC is the spot where,
  • You can consult face-to-face with instructors or tutors at any stage of your writing process.
  • You can find the necessary tools to improve your writing.
  • You can attend any workshop according to your specific need.
  • You can discover your needs and find guidance to become a better writer.
  • You can visit Monday to Friday, 09.00-16.30.
As BWLC we believe that learning is a life-long journey and we are here to help you explore more.
Looking forward to meeting you at BWLC ☺
 
Ebru Yalçın Özden
BWLC Coordinator
 ebru.yalcin@bilgi.edu.tr

How to use BWLC?

You can come BİLGİ Writing and Learning Center:

  • Whenever you need help to study writing.
  • When you are working on a written assignment or project, essay, homework.
  • When you need help to improve your performance in essay exams.
  • When you want to develop your academic reading skills.

BWLC is open Monday to Friday from 10.30 to 16.30. You can visit anytime during our working hours.

 

Tutoring hours vary.If you want to arrange a tutorial in advance, you can visit us here ( Kustepe , K-05) or contact us via e-mail to sign up for an appointment. Students who miss 2 appointments without visiting the center are considered as ABSENT and cannot hold an appointment for the remainder of  the semester.