As you begin to write papers you will be expected to properly cite your work and express your research in your own words. If you copy other people's papers, words, ideas, or sentiments without citing your original source - you are plagarizing.
The SLS Writing Help Centre, located in room 142 of the Murray Library, offers free, one-on-one instruction in academic writing, online and in person. They also offer short writing workshops on topics such as punctuation, essay structure, documentation, and graduate writing.
This handout explains the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary sources of information, as well as scholarly vs. popular literature. It helps critically evaluate the information you are reading.