Use Documentation in Your Notes

Information Literacy Module VI: Preparing to Use Information Effectively

As you prepare to take notes, keep in mind that you’ll need to record the publication information for each source before you take any notes from it. Follow the works cited or bibliography instructions for whatever documentation style your instructor requires: MLA, APA, or another style. Then, as you take notes, keep track of the page or paragraph number on which you find each piece of information. When it comes time to write your paper or deliver your presentation, you’ll need to be able to cite where each piece of information came from, so although it may seem like a hassle, skipping this step now, but skimping now will only create more work for yourself later.

Guiding Your Research
Which documentation style does your instructor want you to use? If you don’t know, find out before you begin reading and taking notes!
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