Note-taking and Plagarism
Tips for taking notes (Energize Research Reading and Writing, 2012)
- Read. Pause. Think. Maybe reread. Turn page over to take notes.
- Choose an appropriate format for your notes depending on the type of information. For example: bullets, timelines, webs, pictures, Venn diagrams
- Organize your notes with boxes that indicate the subject of the notes or the question you are answering.
- After taking notes, look back at text to add technical terms, dates, any missing facts.
- Keep track of the source for your notes.
- Record your thoughts on what you learned. Jot down any new questions, surprises, connections.
Researchers are often told to make sure they take notes and write using "their own words" to avoid plagiarizing.
Watch the following short video to learn more about avoiding plagiarizing and what it means to paraphrase,
Types of Note-taking Structures
EasyBib Online Notes
EasyBib link describing a number of these structures.
Make sure, however, you take your notes you do the following: