This seems to be the scholastic answer to every problem, and has been said a thousand times before, but it is VERY important. Taking notes is perhaps the most important step in researching and in making sure that plagiarism or academic dishonesty are avoided. Every step of researching should include taking notes. If taken correctly notes will make it easier to remember where each idea came from, will make the outline and bibliography easier, and prevent academic dishonesty. Here a few tips for taking notes.
As previously stated, notes are imperative. However, notes are only good if they are accurate. Make sure to take the time to make accurate and precise notes.
Do Not Copy and Paste
These are your notes, so they should be in your own words. If you do copy and paste, make sure to use quotation marks.
You Can Never Over Reference
These notes are generally not something that will be turned in, so it is much better to write down more information than less.
Refer Back to the Notes Often
The more the notes are referred to the fresher it will be in your mind. Furthermore, it will be easier keep track of what stage you are at and what needs to be done.
If the notes are too sloppy to read, then they are pointless. Take the time to produce neat and organized notes.
Use Your Own System
The best way to take notes is your way. It reflects how you think and therefore will be the easiest to remember and use. Make sure that you distinguish between direct quotes, paraphrases, and original ideas.