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Rebecca Cole

Library & Media Specialist


See OWL Purdue for help with MLA, APA, citations, and more.

Avoiding plagiarism starts with taking good research notes!

  1. Make a list.
  2. Use phrases, short sentences, or single words (do not worry about writing complete sentences—this comes later)
  3. Write one idea or fact per line.
  4. Be accurate (dates are correct, spelling of important names & places are correct).
  5. Write neatly so you can read your notes later.
  6. Use quotation marks to give credit if copying  “ ”‚Äč
  7. Write down your information source next to your notes so you can cite the source later.
  8. Do not copy word for word (PLAGIARISM).

For more information, see this detailed information sheet on quoting and paraphrasing rules from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Writing Center.

Other Resources


Discovery Education (use your school email to log in with Google)

DocsTeach (primary sources from National Archives)


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