Module 1
Ask Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Presentation
Module 6
Making the Grade

In Dig In! you learned about paraphrasing. Here are some practice tools to help your know-how in notetaking. When taking notes, it is important to have a system so you know when you are using a direct quote.

Since it is so easy to plagiarize unintentionally, it makes taking good notes even more valuable. When taking notes, you need to know the difference between:

  • Paraphrasing
  • Direct quotation
  • Summarizing
  • Common knowledge

Directions:  Begin with #1 and work through #7 below.

#1 Take this quiz on plagiarism.  Your results might surprise you.

Practice your notetaking skills with the 3 exercises on Paraphrasing, Using Direct Quotes, and Summarizing.


Read the material on paraphrasing. Not only do you have to take good notes, but you have to decide how you will use the information you find. Then practice with this Paraphrasing Exercise and compare your answers at Paraphrasing Exercise: Possible Answers.


Read the Sample Essay for Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting. Practice writing:

  • a summary
  • a paraphrase of the essay's conclusion
  • a quote from the sample essay.

Post your work in Evernote to share with your teacher.

#5 game icon Try your skills at identifying plagiarism with the Plagiarism Game.
#6 Participate  in the Overview, Concepts and Activity sections of a Plagiarism Tutorial.
#7 Read this definition of Common Knowledge. Sometimes it is hard to decide if information is common knowledge. Post an example of common knowledge in your class discussion.

The best practice is to record where you found the idea in your notes.  It is easier to have the information for your citations in your notes than to try to find the source when you are actually writing the paper.


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