Note-Taking Strategies, Note-Taking Methods and Why They Matter Worksheet

Research Writing – Research Process

Practice with this Note-Taking Strategies and Note-Taking Methods Worksheet to improve the process of research writing. Ten exercises require you to first locate an article, and then use the article to take structured notes.

Note-Taking Strategies, Note-Taking Methods and Why They Matter Worksheet

Instructions

For the first two exercises below, follow the instructions in each individual exercise. Using the article you locate in the first two exercises, take specific notes from the article. The order of your notes does not matter, but make sure to use the note-taking strategy that you are instructed to use for each exercise. Code each note according to where it would go in a paper using “intro,” “body paragraph #” or “conclusion.”

  • Find an article on a topic that interests you on the internet or at a library and from which you can take notes. Provide the bibliographic information for the source as a whole you located that could be used for citation purposes under an official guide.

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  • Do you plan to take notes by jotting down short phrases and notes, or do you plan to write in full sentences? State the reason for your choice.

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  • Use a direct quotation.

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  • Use a direct quotation

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  • Use paraphrasing

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  • Use paraphrasing

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  • Use a summary

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  • Provide a personal thought

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  • Provide a personal thought

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