If you are an instructor or instruction designer looking for citation and plagiarism-related content to embed or link in your courses, this page may be helpful: we've collected tutorials, learning modules, and handouts from authoritative sources on these topics, and made a few of our own. We'll continue to update this page with tutorials and other content created by NU Library Staff. Click a tab to find the right content for your course!
A longer, thorough, self-paced module. Learn the basics of APA Style, including how to format a manuscript, understand the form and function of common manuscript parts, organize and express your thoughts clearly and precisely, employ the mechanics of style, use graphic elements effectively, credit sources and acknowledge the contributions of others, and construct a comprehensive and reliable reference list.
A quick, self-paced module. Learn how to set up an APA Style paper, including setting the typeface, line spacing, margins, and page header.
A quick, self-paced module. Learn how to cite references in the text, including how to implement the basic formats, cite multiple works, achieve clarity, and format references with missing author and/or date information.
A quick, self-paced module. Learn how to write a References section, including how to ensure entries are accurate, complete, consistently styled, and up to date.
A longer, thorough, self-paced module. Learn how to avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism, including how to identify plagiarism, understand its risks and consequences, cite sources properly, and develop sound writing practices.
Discusses when and how to properly summarize, paraphrase, or quote a source with attribution. To embed, follow the instructions for YouTube video on the "Embedding and Linking" tab. The script and slides are available here.
A lighthearted overview of the purpose of in-text citations and reference lists. To embed, right-click on the video and select "Copy link and thumbnail".
This video will help viewers understand what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and the proper way to cite sources. To find the embed link, click on the plus ( + ) sign to the right of the video, and then click "Embed".
Tutorials and Quick Guides
Academic Writer's Tutorials and Quick Guides can be accessed from the "Learn" tab. They can't be embedded directly into a Blackboard class, but you can create and embed a linked thumbnail and short description. When you click on the Embed Link option that appears at the top of each tutorial page, you'll be shown a preview, and given the embed link. The code should look like this in your course:
Academic Writer has a large bank of sample references from the Manual itself, accessible via the "Learn" tab. Clicking on the Embed Link will produce a code block that can be pasted in Blackboard; the reference will appear in perfectly-formatted APA style, including the hanging indent.
Sample Tables and Figures, Sample Papers
Academic Writer has a number of sample tables and figures, also accessible through the "Learn" tab; you can also find a number of sample papers here. Clicking on the Embed Link for these materials will produce a code block that can be pasted in Blackboard; a clickable thumbnail and explanatory text will appear on the course page.
Linking Directly to the Manual
Academic Writer does not provide a searchable version of the Manual, but many sections can be accessed by clicking on the "Details" option for tutorials, guides, and samples. You can use the link in your browser address bar to hotlink to these sections in your course. We have provided links to some important sections on the "APA Resources" tab of this webpage.
Academic Writer: Embedding Content into Courses (2:36)
This brief video will show you where to find Academic Writer's tutorials, sample references, and other sample content, and how to embed or link them in your course.
Please visit our Library Resources for Course Developers page for help embedding content from streaming video vendors .