Analyse the question and define key terms
Research the topic. Use academic materials, such as books, journals and online encyclopedias .
Avoid relying on Wikipedia
Take notes from what you have read - record pages numbers and all the publishing details for your bibliography.
Write a first draft with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Re-read your essay and edit it
Check your references and make sure your bibliography is accurate
Catching the Black Death while you are writing an essay
Taking the work of others and claiming it as your own.
Nothing to worry about
Making everything up yourself
Cutting and pasting from Wikipedia
Making sure you acknowledge where you have used the words, ideas, concepts, etc., of others in your writing, by acknowledging this in a citation.