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Taking Notes Module

Visualizing Method

With this method, you are simply taking notes on lined paper or a word document. You will write down everything you think might be useful as a point in your essay or assignment. These will then be organized by colour to help you visualize your arguments or themes.

How it Works:

  1. You will start by noting the citation information (title, author, etc.) at the top of the page and then begin taking notes based on your topic, thesis, or research question.
  2. For each note you take, start on a separate line and note the page number.
    • 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. Select a highlighter colour to represent each point or argument; read through your notes, focusing on one argument at a time, and highlight any of the points that address that topic.
  5. Once completed, you will have highlighted points for each topic or argument which will form the cornerstone of your assignment.