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