Stage 4: Organise
Steps in this stage:
- Create an outline of the different parts of your assignment and the order in which they will go.
- Organise your notes to fit under the different parts on your outline.
- Write a draft copy, citing any sources used (remember to write your introduction last).
- Revise and edit your draft copy.
- Create a reference list (also called a bibliography).
Questions to ask:
Tools to help you complete this stage:
Organising notes into a good copy
Avoiding plagiarism: Summarising, Paraphrasing, Referencing & Bibliographies
Plagiarism is copying other people’s work and claiming it as your own. It is important that when writing an essay or assignment you either use your own words and images, or reference any ideas or images that have been created by someone else.
Summarising & Paraphrasing Information (i.e. writing it in your own words)
Summarising a Text
An interactive resource from BBC Bitesize that teaches you how to summarise information.
Sum it Up
A printable PDF worksheet that encourages you to find the main words in a text, then summarise the text in twenty words.
A short guide explaining how to paraphrase (that is, how to write information in your own words while keeping the main idea intact).
Paraphrasing Without Plagiarising
Provides examples to demonstrate how to paraphrase correctly.
Referencing and Writing a Bibliography
See the Referencing & Bibliographies page for more information about in-text referencing, citing sources and creating a bibliography.
Editing and Proof-Reading
Tools for collaboration
If you are completing a group assignment you may like to use the following websites to work together (using separate laptops) and store your information in one place.
Wiggio Create to-do lists, upload shared files, add dates to the shared calendar and more.
Evernote Share, collaborate, and discuss in real time . Automatic syncing between any phone or computer you use.