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Note Taking at Servite College
When submitting an essay or other piece of academic work, you need to properly acknowledge the material that you have consulted. This allows others who read your work to verify facts or research the same information more easily. Acknowledgment may be in the form of in text citations, footnotes, endnotes and/or a bibliography.
FIVE TIPS FOR AVOIDING PLAGIARISM
- First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.
- Use the ideas of others sparingly--only to support or reinforce your own argument.
- When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.
- Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
- A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and not be too dependent on your sources.
Plagiarism can sometimes be the result of poor note taking, or paraphrasing without properly citing the reference. You can avoid plagiarism by:
- citing your references
- referencing correctly
- recording direct quotes and paraphrases correctly when note taking.
When you use the exact words, ideas or images of another person, you are quoting the author. If you do not use quotation marks around the original author's direct words and cite the reference, you are plagiarising.
Paraphrasing is when you take someone else's concepts and put them into your own words without changing the original meaning. Even though you are not using the same words you still need to state where the concepts came from.
Poor note taking can lead to plagiarism. You should always take care to:
- record all reference information correctly
- use quotation marks exactly as in the original
- paraphrase correctly
- clearly distinguish your own ideas from the ideas of other authors and researchers.