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Tips for recording information
As you begin to find sources and take notes for your paper, adhere to the following guidelines: Scan the sources and then read the material more closely when you find information that is relevant. Write down pertinent information from the relevant sources, but keep it brief. Large chunks of information take too much time to record and are too difficult to use.
As you write down information, keep track of where you found the material. Develop a system to cross-reference the source with the notes you take from that source. Print online sources and keep books until you are finished with the research paper.
Allow a significant amount of time for this important part of the process. Taking notes builds your research skills and will ultimately help convince your reader by providing arguments/ information to support your thesis. Realize that 80% of your notes should be in your own words, with no more than 20% from quotations.
If you are typing your notes into a Microsoft ® Word document, you may create note cards. The following is an example of a note card created in a Word document:
Note Card 1 Topic: Working Teens: Benefits Quotation: “4 out of 5 teenagers hold part- time jobs.” Summary: Working teaches teenagers good work ethics, responsibility, and time management. Source: Smith. The Benefits of Working. 2005. p. 5, para. 2
As you take notes, it is essential to keep track of what information you gather from which sources. The quotations, summaries, and paraphrases in your paper require documentation.
Be sure to list your sources—by author’s last name and title of the document as well as the page and paragraph number—underneath each note card.