Academic policies & services

Academic integrity

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with Concordia University’s policies regarding plagiarism and other offenses, including the Code of Conduct and the possible penalties.

Practical advice on how to avoid plagiarism include “Avoiding plagiarism” (Concordia University) and “How not to plagiarize” (University of Toronto).

If ever in doubt, talk to me.


See the website of the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD), which includes listings for on-campus resources and registration for accessibility services.

Writing assistance

Everyone, even very good writers, can always improve. Whether you struggle with writing or hope to move to the next level, you might benefit from an appointment with a tutor at Writing Assistance. Book early–slots tend to fill up quickly.

You can also meet with me during office hours to discuss strategies to improve the clarify and effectiveness of your writing.

Online writing resources, including poetry-specific resources

“Papers, Expectations, Guidelines, Advice and Grading” by Dan White and Jeannie DeLombard. This is an excellent resource specifically designed to help students write strong essays in English literature courses. Strongly recommended.

Online writing resources (University of Toronto), a rich site offering help on various academic genres, the mechanics of writing, etc.

Hypergrammar (University of Ottawa, an excellent site for grammar and style)

OWL (Purdue University, another excellent resource for writing and grammar). This site also includes “Writing about Poetry” and “Close Reading: Poetry,” which may be of use for this course.

The Close Reading of Poetry” by G. Kim Blank and Magdelena Kay (University of Victoria).

Some Hints to Help You with ‘Close Reading‘” (University of Pennsylvania)

How to Analyze a Poem” (Langara College)–a bit basic, but for that reason helpful

“Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell–one of the best arguments against inefficiency and cliché in writing of any kind (worth reading alongside Pound’s principles of Imagist poetry and Hemingway’s principles of good prose). Essential reading for the student of literature.


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