Now that you know how to take good notes, you will need an organized system to keep track of your sources and notes. Below are three different options for organizing your notes.
Directions: Investigate Options #1-#3 below. Then, determine which option will work best for you.
Option One: Taking notes on index cards or paper.
Read about taking notes on note cards in Tips on Making Note Cards. Use these tips and your notes will almost write your paper for you
Option Two: Using Evernote to manage your research.
Option Three: Using Zotero to manage your research.
Using tools to help you keep track of your research while taking notes will help you when you begin to put your research together into a presentation. Creating an outline is one tool to help in your research. An outline is a tool to help you organize your ideas in a logical and structured manner before you begin to write a paper or create a multimedia presentation.
Directions: Begin with #4, work through #6 below.
Review Compile and Organize Your Data: Writing an Outline from INFOhio's WorldBook. (You will need the username and password if accessing from home.) Save the document in Evernote for future use.
Practice your outlining skills with this online Outline Maker. Practice organizing main points and supporting details. Outlining will help you produce a well-organized paper.
Try creating an outline in Popplet, a Web2.0 tool you can use to create an outline, graphic organizer or mindmap. You can add multimedia to your outline in Popplet or you can collaborate on a project outline with a group.