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Step 3: Taking Notes on Notecards

Step 3:  Taking Notes on Note Cards
A.  Step 2, Step 3, Repeat.  Remember that Steps Two and Three are a continuous process.  During these two steps, you will need to:
  • find sources of information (Step 2)
  • read those sources (Step 2)
  • make sure that you have the MLA citations for those sources (Step 2)
  • take notes on note cards (Step 3)
  • assess what information you have and where gaps in the information exist (Use your original research question to help you with this) (Step 3)
  • Find additional sources of information (Step 2)

B.  View the PDF/Powerpoint on how to take notes.  Open the PDF in the box below.  View each slide to learn how to take notes using note cards.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!  It will help you immensely when you organize your information (Step 4) and create your citations (Step 5).

Before you move on to Step 4, be sure that you have:
  • saved/emailed yourself copies of all database articles
  • taken notes on all relevant pages from all book sources
  • created MLA citations for all of your sources
  • transfered major notes onto note cards
  • assessed the information that you have, determined what you did not have, and found more sources of information to fill in those gaps

Using Notecards (PDF)

Open this PDF for step-by-step instruction on how to use note cards with your research paper.


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