Thématique: Evaluating sources
Making reading notes
The art of capitalizing on your documentary research
  • Making reading notes
Which of the following are useful for reading notes? (check all that apply)
The title of the document and the author’s name
A citation from a text and the page it is on
A synthesis of the document’s important information
Which of the following are true? (check all that apply)
Reading your notes saves you from having to re-read the document when you’re ready to write your paper
You create reading notes when you read the original document
The format for reading notes is invariable, regardless of the type of reading you are doing
Reading notes must contain as much information as possible to be truly efficient
In which cases would it be useful to have a logbook as well as reading notes? (select only one)
When you are preparing a 30-minute presentation for next week
When you are writing a paper that requires reading a large number of documents over a semester
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If you’re like Anna and have forgotten what reading notes are for and how to write them, here is some information that will jog your memory.

Remember, this tool will help you track your readings and will help you save their contents for further reflection.

A reading note usually contains:

  • A complete reference for the document (title, author, etc.)
  • Keywords
  • Your summary
  • Useful quotations (including page numbers)

It might seem tedious to create reading notes for everything you read, but it will save you lots of time when you’re ready to write your paper.