Taking notes on research sources Some strategies SLCC Fairview High School
There are many ways you can go aboutthis• Note card-ish• Color code in one document• Use a database• What have you done that has worked for you?
No matter what you do, these things arecritical• Record page numbers• Make sure you keep track of what is o Paraphrased o Summarized o Quoted verbatim (put quotes around quoted information) o RECORD PAGE NUMBERS in all cases o Your thoughts on your notes• Keep the works cited information for a source as you are working with it o So you don’t have to go back for it later!• Write down your ideas about the information you are collecting from your sources o You can often use these tidbits in your paper!
How to get from taking notes to writing aresearch paper• Take all your notes from sources, write thoughtful comments about them.• Organize and categorize your notes.• Figure out which ones you want to use in your paper.• Put them in a logical order in a word document.• Write in-between the pieces to connect them— focusing on what claims the data allow you to make and how you will warrant the data. o Voila! Research paper!
What’s your plan to organize yourself asyou research?• And what will you do as you research to help you with the writing later?• It’s up to you. I don’t care how you do it, but you will need to make a plan for yourself!• Write your plan in your writers notebook.