IOE Writing Centre


Add your own Example

In the example below, the student has added an example from their own knowledge or experience. This can be a good way to start to add your own voice.

You could add an example from:

  • your own practice or professional experience
  • from observations you have made
  • from other literature or published materials.

Include an example with a phrase such as 'To illustrate...' or 'An example of this can be seen in...'

Include the reference if your example is from published materials

Example: Adding your own examples

The responsibility for learning how to reference correctly and avoid plagiarism tends to be passed from the university to the students, as Sutherland-Smith (2010:9) found, through her study of eighteen policies on plagiarism from different universities. She points out that many universities provide self-access resources for students to try to learn more about this area. An example of this can be found on the website 'Writing Centre Online' (UCL Institute of Education, 2019), which includes a 'Beginners Guide' page with step by step instructions on avoiding plagiarism, as well as various links to referencing and plagiarism resources. Despite this type of provision, Sutherland-Smith observes, the support provided is, on the whole, inadequate. Sutherland-Smith expands further to explain that this inadequacy is partly because the advice provided is not specific enough for each student, and partly because distance students will often receive even less support. She concludes that these issues carry implications for the decisions around plagiarism management, as some students may receive more assistance than others, leading to questions of inequity.


Sutherland-Smith, W. (2010). 'Retribution, deterrence and reform: the dilemmas of plagiarism management in universities', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 32:1 5-16. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13600800903440519 (Last accessed on 31 January 2020).

UCL Institute of Education (2020). IOE Writing Centre Online. Available at:  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe-writing-centre (Last accessed on 31 January 2020).