The moment when you're most likely to have all of the information you need to cite a source correctly is the moment when you first find the source.  Develop a workable strategy for capturing that information that works with your workflow.

  • Old-fashioned notecards are still popular for a reason.  They're stable, permanent and flexible.
  • Notepad and other text editors are easy to use, and create searchable files.
  • Spreadsheets are a popular choice.  They are also searchable, and can be sorted.
  • Web-based spreadsheets and word processors (such as those found at Google Documents or Zoho) have many of the advantages of their desktop counterparts, and they can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.
  • Many students email sources to themselves, and use their email archive as a way to keep track of sources.
  • The more powerful citation management tools (Zotero, EndNote and Mendeley) will also allow you to save notes about your sources. Read more about these tools on the Citation Managers page (see the left side of this page).

For more information about notetaking: Notetaking  (OSU Academic Success Center Learning Corner)

Study Skills & Time Management

Research shows that procrastination and time management are some of the most persistent causes of academic plagiarism.  Students who do not leave themselves enough time to research and write a paper are more likely to panic and cut corners.