Online documents make it very easy to cut and paste information without thinking and without giving proper credit. Make sure you understand how to cite your sources.
The OWL at Purdue is an excellent online resource to help you cite properly.
You can use of on e the free online citation managers, such as Zotero or EasyBib to create your bibliography. Just be careful as each database may export differently. You MUST check your results. )
Or you can create your own MLA formatted citations by consulting your class textbook or reviewing the information at the OWL at Purdue.
Summary writing is the process of reading a text, identifying the main ideas and then writing the important ideas in many fewer words. A summary should be brief and include only important ideas or information from the text. Summaries should not include examples or repetitions. Summarizing helps you understand and remember information you read. Below are some basic guidelines to follow when writing a good summary.
After you finish writing, go back and edit for clarity and brevity. Never be satisfied with your first draft.
Adapted from "writing a Good Summary" http://www.pearsonkt.com/writeToLearnDemo/writingHelpSummaryStatic.html
When it is time to gather all of your notes and start writing the paper, avoid the most common mistake - plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only taking large parts of someone else's work and not attributing credit to that author; paraphrasing sections of a work, even using synonyms and citing the work, is also plagiarism.
Even if the ideas are rewritten, the source of the idea must be cited and the author given credit.
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