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Note Taking Tips!
||At this point in the process, you have committed to a topic, found resources on it, and now are trying to glean information from those sources. On this page are some note taking tips and ways to avoid plagiarism. Outlined below are 5 different note taking styles. Pick the one that works best for you.
- The Cornell Method
- The Outline Method
- The Mapping Method
- The Charting Method
- The Sentence Method
The Cornell Method
The Cornell Method uses a two-column approach to note taking.
- The first column measures about 2.5 inches.
- The second column (the larger of the two) measures about 6 inches.
- The larger column is the space to take your notes in.
- The smaller column is to be used to create cue words or keywords that describe the information they are taking notes about.
- At the very bottom of the sheet is a two-inch wide space used to summarize in one or two sentences the main concept or idea taken from the resource.
The Outline Method
The Outline Method is a very structed way of note-taking.
- The left side of the sheet contains general ideas.
- As you work your way to the right, the information grows increasely more detailed.
- The relationship between ideas and information is carried out through the indentation.
The Mapping Method
The Mapping Method is a very visual way of organizing your notes and information.
- It makes use of graphical representation of information content.
- It involves writing down the concept or terms and radiating
the related ideas out of the center.
- You can use lines
and symbols to build and link the related ideas.
- It can also be used as a way of brainstorming.
The Charting Method
The Charting Method utilizes a chart-structure as a way of organizing your notes.
- Determine the points/topics/subjects that you are trying to find information about.
- Set up your paper
in advance by columns headed by these points/topics/subjects.
- As you read through a source (a book, article, website, etc.), record information (words, phrases, main ideas, etc.) under the the
The Sentence Method
The Sentence Method is the most basic notes-taking method.
- As you research, write down any new ideas or bits of information as a sentence.
- Number each sentence as you move down the page.