Burchette-Cloning Research Day 4-Taking Notes

It’s EasyBib Time!

Note Taking Tips from EasyBib:

  • Skim your entire source before you read it in detail.
    • Skimming will help you understand how the document is laid out and what the main ideas are.
  • Search for the subject headings in the material you’re reading and write them in your notes.
    • They’ll help you find relevant information faster, and they’ll provide you with reference points when you review your notes later.
  • Don’t write down things you already know or would never include in your finished work.
  • Break down the text into small groups of paragraphs.
    • Read each group one-by-one, taking notes between groups.
    • Breaking up the text into smaller, bite-sized pieces will help you process the information.
  • Don’t write down information from the text word-for-word.
    • This takes too much time and prevents you from using your higher brain functions to filter out and process important information.
  • If a source is too dense or has too many dates, don’t feel like you need to write every bit of information down. Make a note of where the dense parts are and move on.

Paraphrasing & Direct Quotes Tip Sheet

  1. Title: Kind of like subject headings in a text book
  2. Source: You have to CITE your sources first so that you can link your notes to them!
  3. Evidence from Text (Direct Quotes): Use SPARINGLY. Only if the text stated it in such an eloquent manner that you MUST copy it exactly as stated.
  4. Paraphrase: IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Do this the MOST. Almost all the notes.
    1. Bullet points
    2. Fragments
    4. NOT copied/pasted
  5. Comment: Your thoughts on the matter. Original thoughts.
  6. Identifier: Put the URL here.
  7. Group: Can set up groups here to organize your notes.
    1. ‘Sticks’ notes together into groups
    2. EX: One group might be background info
  8. Tags: Can also be used for organizing notes.
    1. Like Groups, but doesn’t ‘stick’ the notes together
    2. Searchable
  9. Color: Can color code like notes


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