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AshaImagine Asha made this note while studying in the library last week:

Ion channels are not simply tubes that span membranes through which ions can rapidly flow. Instead, they are highly sophisticated molecular machines that respond to chemical and physical changes in their environments and undergo precisely timed conformational changes.

It's a good piece of writing and perfect for her essay on ion channel function. The problem is that she can't remember if they are her words or somebody else's. In fact they came from Berg J, Tymoczo J. Stryer L, Biochemistry, 5th ed. Freeman; 2002, p.353.

The way to avoid note making errors is to be disciplined. Make sure that you note down the key information about all sources every time.

Here's what you need to record:

  • Books
    • Name(s) of author(s). If it's a chapter of an edited book, you need to record the editor(s) name(s), chapter title and the first and last page numbers of the chapter
    • Year of publication
    • Title of book
    • Name of publisher
    • Place of publication
    • Page reference

  • Journals
    • Name(s) of author(s)
    • Year of publication
    • Title of paper
    • Title of journal
    • Volume and part number
    • First and last page number

  • Websites
    • Name(s) of author(s)
    • http:// address
    • Title
    • Date you visited the page
    • Date page last updated (if available) - this is also important information, so note it if you can