Referenceing Worksheet: Effective Note Making

Use this template for taking notes from your reading and for making notes about your reading. This template can be adapted for use in your lab book, as word files, or in reference manager software. Most problems with using sources can be overcome by effective note making.

Full publication details (for reference list)
1. Give the aim/objective of the source

2. Record information from the source as:

  1. Paraphrases
  2. Summaries, or
  3. “quotations” + page no.

3. Record your thoughts about the information by considering these questions:

How is this relevant to my experiment/ my report?

Where could I use this in my report (and why)?

Is this similar to what other sources say?

If this is different to other sources, why?

Is this the best piece of information I have, or do I need to find something better (in the paper or from another source)?

What don’t I understand and who/what could help me understand?

What other ideas/understanding arise from this information (i.e. about interpreting results, understanding limitations of my experiment etc…)

Date you made these notes

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