Organizing Information

There are many different note-taking frameworks for different learning contexts and learning styles; the suggestions listed below represent a few tried-and-tested starting points for research contexts.  Regardless of the framework you select, apply the suggested “R5” note-taking process;  this process will help you develop effective notes that avoid plagiarism.

Source:  Wikimedia Commons


Note-Taking Frameworks for ResearchContextTools & Templates
Cornell Notes- useful for taking notes from a lecture, interview, audio or video recording OR as study/review tool
- uses columns to divide questions from notes
Template - Cornell University
Mind Mapping- useful for mapping connections among ideas
- uses text, lines, images, colors, & symbols to show relationships (free online mind map tool)
Outline Method- useful for organizing information within a pre-determined structure, such as an essay outline
- uses topic sentences and conventions such as indenting to sort information
Template - Vic High Library
Notes by Source- useful for organizing & synthesizing research notes from multiple sources (3+)
- uses distinct pages for each source
Template - Vic High Library