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Ideas About Note Taking and Citing Sources

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Susan Mays

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Ideas About Note Taking and Citing Sources
Note Taking
Not just copying:
common knowledge
facts or ideas from others
But also note taking from sources such as:
books
web sites
journals
texts
Jamie McKenzie calls this "green ink"or fresh thinking (Mckenzie, 2000)

Electronics makes taking and storing notes easy, accessible, and searchable, as well
allowing for ease of revising, amending and creating a final product or paper. (McKenzie 2000)
Tip to avoid plagiarism
Quoted Text: Anything that is taken directly from the source, MUST be in quotation marks and CITED.

Paraphrased Text: Add brackets to information you summarize as soon as you:
write
type
paste
notes so you won't forget if it is a direct quote or paraphrased
information when you use it in your final paper.
You DO NOT need to put quotation marks around a paraphrase or summary, but you MUST CITE THEM.
Note taking tips
Paraphrase: Do not copy and paste large amounts of text; read, then think how you would explain it to your friends and write it down. This type of note taking MUST be cited, giving credit to its source.

Summarize: Read a large section of text for the overall meaning and then summarize it into one or two sentences or a short paragraph. Typically used for research. Summary material MUST be cited unless it contains common facts and knowledge.

Copy and paste: select and copy small portions of text:
specific details
facts
definitions
statistics
Typically you DO NOT need to cite

Direct quotes: Used when stating one or two sentences to prove a point or attitude, not to back up your point. Especially appropriate from primary sources such as:
diaries
journals
speeches
interviews
etc.
You MUST use quotation marks and footnotes. (Stripling and Pitts, 1988)
Citing Sources
DO IT! Check to see if parenthetical citation or footnotes are preferred with your teacher.

Parenthetical Citations: To create parenthetical citations, you will create a Works.
You will cite a complete list of all the sources you used at the end of your paper
preferably on a separate sheet
alphabetized by the author's last name
if there is no author of the work, by the title of the work itself

Footnotes: If footnotes are used, you will cite your sources on the page on which they appear. Using Microsoft Word don't put a space after the period, put insert the footnote instead.
on the menu bar click insert
click Footnote...
click OK at the dialog box (unless you need to customize it)
Word will put your cursor at the bottom of the page with the foot number
type in the citation
the author's name will appear in normal order, separated from the other information with a comma
publication (ie: publisher, year) appears in parentheses, and no period is used until the very end of the citation
continue typing text in the body of the paper above
Note: You can put more than one footnote on a page.

Possible electronic organizers for note taking
To save notes in Microsoft Word:
download "Note taking form" created in Microsoft Word
open file
click on "Save As...."
Rename the note taking document with a short descriptive name
Choose Document Template for Save as type. This will save it as a template for you to use in the future.
click OK or Save

Every time you choose New Office Document, an icon appears for that NoteForm. When selected, it appears as an untitled document, but has the note taking form fields to fill in. To save time and effort, take notes in digital form whenever possible.
References
McKenzie, Jamie. (2000) Beyond Technology: Questioning, Research and the Information Literate School. Bellingham, WA: FNO Press.

Note taking tips modified from: Stripling, Barbara K. and Judy M. Pitts. (1988). Brainstorms and Blueprints: Teaching Library Research as a Thinking Process. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.
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