Information Literacy Module VI: Preparing to Use Information Effectively
The result of reading and processing information should be that you have now come to a conclusion in response to your research question. Most likely, you’re preparing to write a paper or deliver a presentation in defense of this conclusion. The next logical step, then, is to figure out how you’re going to combine your understanding of the issue with evidence from your research sources to develop that finished product. Now is not the time to go willy-nilly, grabbing quotes and stringing them along. If you do that, you’ll end up with an incoherent mess. Instead, what you want to do now is maintain control of your project and take useful notes. The best thing about this deliberate approach is that it will save you time.