Learning Advice

Taking Notes

When we are writing biographies, we must be very careful how we use the information that we have read in our sources. We have to be cautious not to copy sentences or passages from books, articles, or Web sites without identifying them. Copying is plagiarism because you are using ideas or writings of another person and presenting these writings or ideas as your own. To prevent plagiarism, take notes as you read; concentrating on the questions that you are working with. Make sure that you restate ideas in your own words. One strategy for avoiding plagiarism is to use a "note box". To learn how to use a note box, click here.