Creating Research Notes
When you’re researching, don’t rely on your highlighter! Taking notes serves three important points:
There are two firm rules for research notes:
Start by choosing and narrowing down your topic to make your research more focused (see Choosing and Developing a Topic tip sheet). Here’s what to include in your research notes:
Label your notes in a way that allows for easy access later. Use a separate page/document for notes on each source. This will help you synthesize ideas later by allowing you to group and shuffle your notes.
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Procter, M. (n. d.). Taking notes from research reading. Writing Advice. https://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/researching/notes-from-research/