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Organizing Your Research - Avoiding Plagiarism

Organizing Your Research

How to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Give proper credit to those whose ideas you are borrowing in your own work through citation.
  • One great way to track where you get your ideas is to take good notes during your research process.

Ways to Take Notes During the Research Process

  1. Notecards
  2. Research Journal
  3. Spreadsheet
  4. Citation Manager
    • Some popular ones are Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.


Highlight useful search words and subject headings

Keep track of where you found your sources in case you or another researcher needs to go back to verify the information you cite. This can also help you be efficient by avoiding repeating the same searches.

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