Save early - Save often - and Check where you are Saving!
Do not save to the hard drive or desktop of a campus computer. Your work will not be saved.
You can save to a USB drive or to your Home Directory / H Drive.
Always check where your work is being saved. Use File-Save As... If you open a document from email, blackboard or a webpage, it may automatically save to a temporary location and the file will be deleted when you log off.
Save early- As soon as you start a document, save it.
Save often - Maybe every paragraph or so.
Backup - email a copy to yourself or save in a couple locations.
Tip: Protect your important data by making copies on 2 different types of media, 1 of which is in a remote location such as your Home Directory network storage.