Save early and often - Check location - and Back up!
Do not save to the hard drive or desktop of a campus computer. Your work will not be saved.
Save early- As soon as you start a document, save it.
Save often - Maybe every paragraph or so.
Check where you are saving - 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.
Backup - email a copy to yourself or save in a couple locations. Protect your important data by making copies 2 ways, 1 of which is in a remote location such as your Home Directory network storage.