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Note Taking Tips for Research Papers

Part of the Research Papers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

While you’re working on your research paper, develop some savvy note-taking habits that will save you loads of time later. Use these tricks for taking notes and organizing your research:

  • Keep a master list of all sources, including title, author, date, publishing information, and page numbers.

  • Give each source a code number, and label each note with the code and page number. If the source doesn’t have page numbers, include any other location information.

  • If you write the exact words you found in the source, enclose the words in quotation marks.

  • If the source credits someone else, write that information in your notes also.

  • If you highlight information in a book or article, keep a “table of contents” listing the main idea of each highlight and the page on which it appears.

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