Note-taking with Pen and Paper

Create Notes and Align them with Your Sources
All writers must cite their sources. In other words, as you write your paper you must give original authors credit for ideas and phrasing. If you were to portray their ideas or phrasing as your own, you would be committing academic dishonesty. It would be plagiarism. It’s essential, therefore, to take accurate notes from your information sources. Most teachers will expect you to do this on Focus Area or Focus Question Information Sheets. FQI sheets will help you keep everything organized. When it’s time to start writing, you’ll be able to use your Focus Question Information Sheets to sequence and assemble your paper. Here’s an example of note taking completed on a Focus Question Information Sheet.

Instructional Videos
Video on Research Paper Notes | Video on Internal Citations

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