How Do I Record My Information?
Making Jot Notes
The easiest way to prepare
your research assignment is by making jot notes. This
involves skimming, scanning, and reading for key bits
of information as you consult your sources. Note taking
involves the following strategies:
- Get an overview of your
topic (often an encyclopedia).
- Look for headings, highlighted
terms, and topic sentences to identify main ideas.
- Put the information into
your own words. Don't include anything you don't understand.
- If you directly quote a
passage, place quotation marks around the quotation and note the
page number and source.
- If you paraphrase a passage,
cite the page number and source.
- Refer often to your original
- Take down full bibliographical
information for each source.
- Make more notes than you
think you will need.
- Be brief. Take down only
key words and ideas in point form.
- Do not copy. Avoid plagiarism.
Check with your
teacher how to record your notes:
- With pen and paper
- On index cards
- On the word processor
For additional information, please
refer to the following book available in your library: Writers
Inc A Student Handbook for Writing & Learning written and
compiled by Patrick Sebranck, Verne Meyer and Dave Kemper 1996:
Wilmington, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, sections: 169,