Do not wait until the last minute, as this often leads to careless mistakes. Plan ahead and stay organized.
Keep Track of Your Sources
As you conduct your search save any pieces of information you plan to use. Either print them or save them.
Take Good Notes
Keep a list of all the sources you consult, including page numbers and web addresses. It's easier to delete something you don't use than to have to try to find something again later.
Ask For Help
If you have a question about using sources in your paper, ask your instructor or stop by the library for help.
You don't need to cite common knowledge. Information that is widely known and taken as fact does not need to be cited.
That includes information such as:
Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism like this:
accessed at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism
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