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Taking Notes Module

Cue Card Method

This method is similar to the visualizing method but instead uses cue cards to take your notes and organize your assignment.

How it works:

  1. You will use one cue card for every note (so make sure you have enough!) At the top of each cue card, you'll want to note the important citation information (author, title, AND include the page number).
  2. Using your topic, thesis, or research question as your guide, take notes on anything you think is relevant.
    • You may want to copy points word for word, if you are planning on using them as a quotation, or you may want to use your own words if you are planning to summarize or paraphrase.
  3. When you are finished all of your research you can then go through your notes and begin to formulate your arguments (or answers to your research question) based on what you've read.
  4. Once you've decided on your arguments or main points you can take the cue cards and physically group them together by topic.
  5. Once completed, you will have groupings of notes for each topic or argument which will form the cornerstone of your assignment.