Poor note taking practices can lead to inadvertent plagiarism. While you are researching, eg reading, note taking, photocopying etc, you should record all relevant details of your reference.
To assist you when citing your sources, record the following information at the start of your notes. You should also record the page number next to any notes taken, eg in the margin. This makes it easy to record and check your references.
Whenever you copy word-for-word, even if it is only three words, you should place the text in quotation marks.
Don't use the original author's words or phrases when paraphrasing. If you do, place them in quotation marks. Make sure you change the sentence structure as well.
Separate out your own ideas when note taking. You could use a different colour pen or place your ideas in brackets.
At the end of your note taking your notes should be divided into the following:
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