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Module 1
Asking Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Project
Module 6
Making the Grade

How do I use note taking and outlining with my research project?

Many projects throughout your life will require you to be skilled at organization, group work, and keeping the facts straight. For example, you'll need those skills when:

  • You decide to buy a new car
  • You want to buy a house
  • You are working on a project for a neighborhood or community group
  • Your boss assigns you and your team to complete a project
  • Your college professor assigns you a research project

School projects help you develop organizational skills and note-taking skills you'll need in the future.

Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #5 below.


Find a scholarly journal article on your topic for research. Begin with ISearch. Use the Advanced Sources tab and the limiters to narrow your results.


Take notes on relevant information from the journal article. Use the note-taking method assigned by your teacher or the one with which you are most comfortable.

  1. Find a quote that you would like to use as a direct quote in your project.
  2. Find another idea or concept and paraphrase it or summarize it.
  3. Plan how you will cite these ideas in your project.

Begin an outline for your research project to organize the ideas you have collected.


Show what you know with this quiz.