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How to take research notes

How to take research notes

Author: LaShanda Lawrence
  • Explain a variety of note-taking techniques and the pros and cons of each (e.g. concept maps, Cornell note taking system)
  • Explain how to write concise, accurate notes without having to write every word

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to conduct research for a paper and who is confused about how to take research notes. It will explain why it is important to develop a note-taking system that makes sense and is easily referenced.

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Note-taking methods

Cornell notes, note cards, and concept mapping are discussed. Visual learners will do best with cornell notes and concept mapping, while those looking for detailed organization will benefit from note cards and outlining.

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Cornell notes

Source card and note cards


Outline template


Note-taking methods

Cornell notes, concept mapping, note cards and outlining are popular ways to take notes.

Source: LaShanda Lawrence

Note taking made easy

Source: LaShanda Lawrence