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Unformatted text preview: TAKING NOTES FROM RESEARCH READING Taking notes efficiently is essential to your sanity in facing the current wealth of information available in print and electronic form. It is also a key part of writing well-focussed and coherently argued papers. Good note-taking strategies will help you read with more understanding and also save time and frustration when you write your paper. These are three main principles: Know what kind of ideas you need to record Focus your approach to the topic before you start detailed research. Then you will read with a purpose in mind, and you will be able to sort out relevant ideas. Analyse the assignment sheet to be clear about just what you are going to do with your topic, and what your topic consists of. (See the handout on Understanding Essay Topics). Then review the commonly known facts about your topic, and also become aware of the range of thinking and opinions on it. As well as your class notes and textbook, browse in an encyclopaedia or other reference work....
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- Winter '08