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WRTG 105A and WRTG105E Disease and Society (Schaefer): Reading & Note-taking

Working with Abstracts

Close Reading & Note-taking

Strategies when taking notes:

  • Summarize

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

 

  • Interrogate

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:

 

  • BEAM

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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Notetaking for Research - Interactive Video

Scan & Skim First

 

​Ask Yourself

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

 

Diagram of a Scholarly Journal Article

article to take notes on

Notetaking tools for PDF reading

For PC:

For Mac:

Preview (using Annotate tool)

Group Notetaking: 

General:

Evernote

Learn more:

 

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