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Teaching Note-taking for Research Assignments: Home

This guide was prepared for the ECIS Librarians' Conference in Waterloo, Belgium, September 2014

Why Teach Note-Taking?

Effective note-taking is a crucial step to quality research. Plagiarism happens or is prevented in the note-taking stage of the research process.

What Works?

Elements of effective note-taking:

  • Employing a strategy
  • Reading and thinking before taking notes.
  • Creating full bibliographic citations before taking notes
  • Paraphrasing at the time of note-taking
  • Being able to tie each idea to a source (and page)

Note-taking by hand vs. computer

Thank You

The notecard design shared here was inspired and informed by work done by The Thea Holtan Project and NoodleTools. 

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Bad Habits

Common student errors:

  • Going straight from source to draft
  • Copying and pasting - "I'll paraphrase later."
  • Writing down things they don't understand
  • Not keeping track of the source

Note-taking for Different Purposes

Note-taking skills are transferable, but we need to help our students recognize that there are different strategies for different purposes.

  • From a textbook
  • From a single source
  • From a lecture
  • From an interview
  • From multiple sources - for research

Note-taking 101

This presentation was prepared as an introduction for a senior research class. 

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