It is better to make your own notes rather than just copying out information.
Some of the sources you will be asked to use will be in high demand and you may only be able to have a high demand book for a limited time. Developing a reading strategy will help you make effective notes.
Using a template, like the "reading record framework", can be a helpful tool in standardising the types of notes you take.
It is important that you attribute ideas you are discussing to the correct source. The best way of avoiding accidental plagiarism is to develop good note making habits. The pdf document 'Making notes' offers some tips.
This article was published on Mar 20, 2013