How to Take NotesOpen book with quill

 
You might have your own technique for taking notes, but here are some commonly used techniques you can use.

Mark It:

  • Underline or use a highlighter (only in texts you own or photocopies) to identify key passages and ideas
  • Write in the margins how the passage will relate to your topic (only in texts you own or photocopies)
  • Use post-it notes to flag the location of important information
  • Use online mechanisms for notating electronic documents (e.g., Evernote, Google Docs or an ebook reader)

Record the Location:

  • Always record the book/article/website information and exact location (e.g., page number, paragraph, Title, Author) of key ideas or passages you are reading. This will help you re-locate this information when you need it, and to later include it in your bibliography

Use a Coding System:

  • Code your notes numerically or by using different highlighter colours.

Example 1:

  • Record a 1 beside ideas or passages you might use in your introduction,
  • Record a 2 for information, which relates to the first theme or argument in your paper
  • Record a 3 for information, which relates to your second theme or argument and so on…

Example 2: 

  • Use a yellow highlighter for ideas or passages for your introduction
  • Use a pink highlighter for ideas or passages for your first theme or argument and so on…