Deeply read your sources and take notes. You will have two sets of cards: one set will be your source cards mentioned in Gather Your Sources, the other will be these notes you will take as you read.
Thinking About Your Reading:
- Think about more questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
- Connect what you are reading to what you already know, to what you have read else where, to your own experiences, to what is going on in the world around you
- Define new vocabulary.
- Draw diagrams to show relationships between ideas, events, and people
What to Write When Notetaking:
Write one idea, fact, definition, or explanation on each note card. At the top of your note card on one side, record the place in your outline the note matches: IIB1. In the other corner write the number of the source (this is on your source card) in which you found the information: Source #4. You can use Cornell Notes, writing the notes on cards and later adding the key question to the top.
Types of Notes
- Summarizing: Using your own words to reduce large amounts of general information to the main ideas. Great for giving background information to your topic. Also use summarizing to tell interesting, unusual, and/or amusing anecdotes (a short explanation of an event or a description of an event) related to your topic.
- Paraphrasing: Restating in your own words the information; your paraphrase will be approximately the same length as the orignial text.
- Quotations: Copy word for word important quotes (exactly the words a person says) from experts you find which relate to your thesis. Put all quotes inside quotation marks and list the name of the person who said it, and what qualifications the person has: witness of … event, professor at ….. University, scientist at ….. Lab
- Media: Copy pictures, charts, graphs, etc. Make sure you record from where you found each illustration on a source card, and the person who created it. Follow carefully copyright rules
How to Write Your Notes on the Cards:
- Record thoughts on one side of a note card.
- Write only one thought or fact per card
- Find the source card that matches the source your are reading, record the source number in the upper right hand corner on all the note cards you created from that source so you remember where the information on that card came from.
- Find the place in your outline where the information fits. Record the outline information, e.g. "IIB2" in the upper left hand corner.
How to write your notes on a word prcessing document
At the beginning of the note, record the place in the outline where the information fits, e.g. "IIB2." Type the summary, paraphrase, quote, or media