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Intro to Ancient History Week 3: Taking Notes. What to note? It depends, but a basic rule of thumb is: anything you have good reason to think may be useful.

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1 Intro to Ancient History Week 3: Taking Notes

2 What to note? It depends, but a basic rule of thumb is: anything you have good reason to think may be useful and/or important at a later date. Relevant quotations and references; summary of key points; your own thoughts and questions. NOT everything: be discriminating!

3 How to take notes No single correct way; some people think in a linear manner, others like mind maps. Find what suits you. But there are some prerequisites: don t make too many notes, or you ll never be able to find the information you need; make sure you clearly differentiate different kinds of notes.

4 How to Take Notes Quotations: not always necessary? Consider using index cards. Accuracy is essential. Quote marks. References: quicker than writing out quotes. Again, accuracy essential. Summary of argument and key points. Must be clearly distinguished from quotes. Still useful to provide page references from books or articles. Your own questions and thoughts. Must be clearly distinguished from any of the above [use square brackets?].

5 Collini: Specialisation and its Discontents The decline of the intellectual in C20: specialisation, rise of celebrity culture? Logic of mutual repulsion ? Rather, long tradition of denial continues: intellectuals always at some other time [and elsewhere? Paris?], present day always seen as peculiarly unfavourable. [academic mythologies, narratives of decline: identity] Commenting on specialisation not seen as specialism: assume existence of neutral vantage point. General to particular and vice versa. Occasions for intellectuals to validate their functions.


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