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Strategy: Note Taking & Reading

Critical and active reading practices are a core component of research and learning. This guide offers a few strategies and tips for note taking and reading that may help! 


Why take notes as you research

Recording what you read will help with your learning and analysis. Notes may help you to:

  • Understand what you are reading   
  • Actively engage with the reading   
  • Learn new key concepts, terms, people and events   
  • Draw connections and see patterns between readings
  • Pose new questions that may direct your research  
  • Establish a quick reference for all of your readings   
  • Maintain your academic integrity and avoid plagiarism 

Tools for Note Taking