Note-Taking Tips

- take out all unnecessary words
- no copy and paste
- not sentences
- no capitals or periods
- only the words required to retain meaning
- put into own words as much as possible

Why it Matters

- key research skill
- break down text, sort into meaningful segments
- learn, understand info.
- create own sentences out of notes, own words
- best way to avoid plagiarism


Note-Taking for Research: Printable Templates

From Webpages

From Books

From Magazines/Journals

(adapted from Waterloo, Ontario School Board Resources)

Note-Taking for Research (working in Word)

Advantages of this method of note-taking are that you are organising your information and saving all the information you need for your bibliography as you go, and also that you can do all your research using this one file. Below is a sample, created for a report, using the example of biomes. After that is a blank template.

Sample with Instructions

Note-Taking for Studying Information in a Text, or for Taking Notes from a Presentation or Lecture

Cornell Method of Note-Taking

The Cornell method is a very well known and effective way of taking notes for study purposes. The method is nicely explained in this site from James Madison University, Virginia, U.S.A.:

Cornell Method

Here's a form you can use for the Cornell method of note-taking. You can open this file, save it into your drive and then type right into it, or you can print it off and write on it.