Research Skills Continued – Taking Great Notes
How to Take Great Notes for Our Research Project
You are going to watch a video that takes you step by step through the process of taking notes for research.
Use Your Own Words When You Take Notes
One key thing to remember however, is to never copy word for word from a website or book.
During our first research workshop I use the example of a research project I am doing on tigers. So if this is what the website says:
The short notes on my page might look like this;
-Tigers have an orange coat with dark stripes
-Tigers weigh about 450 pounds
-It has claws as long as house keys
-It is the largest cat in the world
Notice how I didn’t just copy each sentence exactly as it was? When you copy things exactly, that is called PLAGIARISM and it is a no-no. We need to try to avoid copying word for word as much as we can. The only exception is copying down a FACT. Something that is a fact never changes. So if it says a tiger weighs 450 pounds, that is what I need to copy down in my notes. I can’t invent a new number!!
Putting it Together
Once you have a page of notes about your subject, you can start putting your information together in proper sentences and paragraphs without any fear of plagiarism because you wrote little notes in your own words. Here is what some sentences based on my notes would look like. Notice how it looks nothing like the paragraph I found online.
Tigers are the biggest cat in the world weighing in at 450 pounds. They are orange with black stripes. They also have claws as long as house keys.
Have fun researching your projects. I can’t wait to read them!