Good note taking is the key to a successful research project, whether the notes are taken from class or from a primary source, like a letter, or a secondary source, like a website. There are many ways to take notes, and we will visit some of them, but first we need to discuss what you will use to take your notes.
Each day that you take notes in the Google Doc provided for you, you will start your page with the date and topic, and teacher if you are in a presentation. Each time you find a source, you will add it to your notes AND to your EasyBib manager. If it is a primary source, highlight it in purple. Make sure you create your citation using APA so that it adds the url to your notes. You don't want to lose your sources! The last thing to do before you start taking notes is to write a brief description of what the source of the site is about. An example is below.
Once you have found a source, you will need to choose a way to take down information that you read. Some of the information will be key/main ideas and important vocab. Other notes may be names or sub points. Sometimes, you will have questions as you read. It is important to type this questions in your notes, and highlight them in red. That way you can come back to them to find the answer. And yes, most importantly, you will have to read, and not scan, to find this information.
There are many different ways to take notes. As you will be taking notes on your Chromebook only, there are several methods that you can choose from.
Each one of these have pros and cons. Take a look at the pdf below to see which one will work best for you.
When taking notes during a lecture or presentation, you can use any of the above strategies. Use these tips to make sure you're not writing too much while also getting the important information.
Brief visual of each strategy. Videos below go into more depth.
Short video on Cornell note taking. Instead of making a T-chart in Docs, make a table. 2 x 2 should be enough to label and make your notes.