We all work in different ways, and how we approach research and writing is no exception. However, there are some basic principles in this process that might help you to avoid losing track of your sources, or inadvertently plagiarise.
In the research phase:
When you refer to a source in your own work, you can either:
Whenever you quote, or paraphrase, another person or source you should:
In order to cite sources correctly, you will need to record the following information, as a minimum, from each source:
An understanding of what is required in a reference for each type of source is important. You can check this information on the 'How to reference' page for your citation style (Harvard/Vancouver)
UCL uses Turnitin.
Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool which checks students' work against a large database of sources such as journal articles, websites and other students’ work.
It provides a 'similarity index score' expressed as a percentage, which you can use as a guide for how much of your own text matches other sources. You can check your work in a test version via the Plagiarism and academic writing for students Moodle course.