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WRTG 105B Reasoning and Writing in the College (Gegg-Harrison)

TED Talk: Working Memory

Close Reading & Note-taking

Strategies When Taking Notes


Read the article, put it aside and write a few sentences about what you remember.


Read the article and, any time an idea or question pops into your head, write it down near the quote that sparked the idea. See example below:



Read the article and, as you read, classify each phrase or paragraph according to BEAM. Is it background information? Write B besides the phrase. See example below:


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Scan & Skim First


‚ÄčAsk Yourself

  • What terms and keywords are being used by the author?
  • Do I need to do further research to understand these concepts (e.g., look it up in DiscoverUR or Wikipedia)?
  • What is the paper's main topic?
  • What are the paper's subtopics or subsections?
  • Is the author successful in making their argument and/or is there further room for study?

Diagram of a Scholarly Journal Article