Taking Notes

students and sources

Once you have finished reading a source, write down a few notes on how it might fit into your research assignment.

  • What is the main theme of the work?
  • How does this work relate to other resources on the subject?
  • What questions does this resource bring up?
  • Do you agree with the author? Why or why not?

Paraphrase (restate information in your own words) rather than copying directly when taking notes. This will help you understand the material and reduce the chances of accidentally committing plagiarism.

If you find something you might want to quote make sure you copy it down exactly and include the name of the source and the page number where it's located.