Taking accurate notes is the first step in avoiding accidental plagiarism. Good note-taking skills allow you to identify exactly what information came from what source, and will help prevent any last minute misunderstandings, lapses in memory, or confusion over the origin of a given point, quotation, or idea. Good notes can also save a lot of time because they provide a reliable record for double checking sources.
When making photocopies or scanning pages from reference books, copy or scan the title page and the back of the title page at the same time so you will have all the information you need to create your citation.
Many researchers find it helpful to create citations for each source as they are accessed instead of waiting until the paper is completely written. To learn about citations, read the page on opens new windowCiting Sources.
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