Before you begin your research project, take some time to think it through and plan it out. Use the following questions below to develop a plan of action.
Research is part of your writing process. Write before, during, and after doing research.
Learn a citation manager--RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, or another one. Use it to keep track of your references and to help you insert citations into your writing. [Dealing with References tab]
Make your working bibliography first. A working bibliography is larger than your final bibliography, consisting of likely prospects that you will examine as you read them.
Take notes as you read. Record page numbers on every note. Write something in your own words with every note. These two practices will help to keep you from committing plagiarism.
Consult a librarian when you are stuck in your research process. Go to the Writing Center to get help with your writing. Asking for assistance will save you time and give you a better result in the long run.
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