Take Note(s) Create Order With COLOR

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Take Note(s)Create Order With COLOR

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Do◦ Put it in your own words.◦ Keep track of your

sources by color.◦ Make note of page

numbers.◦ Indicate “direct quotes.”◦ Differentiate between

speaker and author.◦ Take more notes than

you think you need.

Don’t◦ COPY (or paste)

notes◦ Take too few notes. ◦ No notes = no

paper.◦ Leave your citations

for later.◦ Rely on sources that

are not credible.

Notes Dos and Don’ts

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Use ONLY sources that have been peer-reviewed: ◦ Magazines, journals, news articles◦ Books◦ Database articles◦ Online NEWS articles

Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable sources. Web pages or blogs are NOT acceptable


Use reliable & credible sources

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Senior Thesis Notes

Note: There are notes from four sources here, each represented by a different color.

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Even if they’re in color, just taking notes isn’t

enough:Make yourself heard over all the


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Senior Thesis Notes

Note: The black text represents my analysis of the notes I took from the source above. (I need to add more!)

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This is all new to me: what can I add to my research?

Use the Cornell Notes method I placed in your notes document to explain, analyze and expand upon your researched information.

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Notes Match Citations

Notesfrom Source #1= Red

Source #1 Citation = Red

**Choose a different color for each source!**

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Senior Thesis Draft

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Senior Thesis Essay

Note: The same student relied on her color system for her in-text citations.

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Detailed notes = detailed research paper

Organize notes (sources) by COLOR

Use black text to signify your thoughts and analysis of your researched information.


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1. Put your Topic and Guiding Question at the top of your NOTES file.

2. Use the “Database Shopping Mall” handout to guide you to the best databases.

3. Take notes in COLOR!4. Use quotation marks around ALL words that

are not your own.5. Use the Cornell Notes method to analyze

and explain your researched information.6. Copy and paste the entire CITATION into

your Works Cited page. Use COLOR here too.

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