Reading and note-taking tips 2 : Choosing a method that works for you

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There are many different ways to take notes. You need to find an approach that works for you.

However, whatever method you use, your notes should always include:

  • description - summary of the selected section (in your own words)
  • analysis - what the text means
  • evaluation - why it matters

You may also wish to add:

  • other sources linked to the idea/argument etc
  • comments and/or questions you have to help you develop your research


Always, always include the bibliographic details. 

Here are two variations note-taking templates (based on Cornell), that you can use or  adapt to suit.

Reading & note-taking template 1
Reading & note-taking template 2

Hopkins, D. and Reid, T., 2018. The Academic Skills Handbook: Your Guide to Success in Writing, Thinking and Communicating at University. Sage.



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