What note taking method will I use? Does my information relate to my working thesis? Have I avoided plagiarism? How will I organize my notes? Do I have to submit a first draft along with my final copy? Am I making connections between ideas?. Considerations. Heading/Subheading method
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What note taking method will I use?
Does my information relate to my working thesis?
Have I avoided plagiarism?
How will I organize my notes?
Do I have to submit a first draft along with my final copy?
Am I making connections between ideas?
Notes by source
Highlighting photocopies or print outs
Cutting and pasting directly into Microsoft Word is NOT taking notes
Note Taking Methods
Begin with the source that gives an overview of the topic.
Scan; look for clues with headings, subheadings, vocab., highlighted terms.
Use a graphic organizer.
Use point form.
Put things in your own words to avoid plagiarism.
Copy quotations as is and take down the bibliographic info.
Do not copy something you don’t understand.
Note Taking Hints
Using a quotation or sentence word for word without citing the source
Paraphrasing another’s ideas, style or language without acknowledging the source
Submitting an essay written by someone else
Using diagrams, charts, graphics, video/audio clips without acknowledgement
Types of Plagiarism
Before you begin taking notes, jot down bibliographic information including:
place and year of publication
Date you accessed a site
Create an Outline
Don’t put it off. Start writing without concern for grammar or sentence construction; get ideas down.
It is not crucial to begin with your introductory paragraph.
Start putting the info together under the headings on your outline.
Don’t simply recopy your notes or your paper will sound choppy. Process and organize your notes.
Be sure to indicate which material will need to be cited.
Write on only one side of the paper and be sure to number your pages.
Write on every second line to make editing easier.
Use transitions which link one idea to the next.
Begin with your strongest point and move down to weaker points
Writing the first draft
It is best to let the first draft sit for a day before you go back to it.
Read the text aloud to someone else to see if it makes sense.
Move things around so like ideas are grouped for best effect
It may be necessary to do further research to fill gaps in your argument.
Ask yourself if your ideas flow logically (Have you used transitions?).
Have you avoided “padding” your paper with repetitive info?
Do you have specific support for general ideas?