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How to Take Good Notes while Reading Literature

posted Nov 30, 2020, 6:00 AM by Central Library   [ updated Nov 30, 2020, 6:16 AM ]

The prospect of writing a research paper can be daunting because there are many steps to the process.  One important step, is reviewing the research literature that you have collected.   It will help if you make the effort to take good notes.  Regardless of whether you use index cards or not, keep all of your notes stored in one, easy‐to‐find location.  Date each note, and name your source.  If you use index cards, record the source of the information on each card.  Be careful not to copy phrases or sentences word-for-word unless you add quotation marks around it to use as a direct quote, thereby avoiding plagiarizing.  

Here are tips for Taking Notes While Reading Literature while avoiding plagiarism