Carnegie Mellon University

Note Taking

Note-taking isn’t just for lectures and classrooms! Effective note-taking can help organize your information and thought process, reveal research blocks, and guide your continuing research. If you’re writing a literature review, planning an essay for English class, or even preparing a keynote speech, the way you take notes can drastically alter the way you make connections in your document.

In this handout, you’ll learn:

  • How to take recursive rather than linear notes
  • Best practices for drawing connections between sources
  • Steps to go from notes to a complex thesis

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