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 Online Writing Center at Purdue University (Purdue OWL) is an excellent online resource to help you cite properly. In addition, you can find other tips on how to write a quality term paper. In this course, you will use APSA style, Chicago Style 16th Edition. Click this link to access this style manual at OWL.
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.
For more information about how to avoid plagiarism, see this video at our Research Den.