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How to Take Notes

Why take notes?

  • Have you ever read a sentence two times or more, but did not remember what you read? Taking notes requires that you connect with and absorb the information (Kemper, Meyer, Van Rhys, & Sebranek, 2012, p. 12). 
  • Taking notes also gives you the opportunity to re-arrange the information you found into topics, instead of sources. The information should address the research topic or support your position. If not, you may need to do additional research. (SUNY Empire State College Online Writing Support, n.d., Taking Notes section).


Kemper, D., Meyer, V., Van Rhys, J., & Sebranek, P. (2012). Write 2. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

SUNY Empire State College Online Writing Support. (n.d.). Taking Notes.

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