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Plagiarism: Taking good notes

Good note taking

The more effective your reading and note-taking the easier it is to organise and structure your work and paraphrase what you have learned in your own words.

Tips for making good notes

  1. Read and think; then use the ideas and facts from sources to shape and inform your argument
  2. Be brief - notes should make sense to you!
  3. Distinguish between main argument and minor points/examples
  4. Note when and where notes are made & full reference of source
  5. Use your own words (paraphrase)