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Information, Media and Technological Literacy, Communication, Arts and Communication, English Language Arts, Writing, Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Material Type:
Lesson, Module
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Notetaking
  • Research
  • Research Process
  • Research Skills
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML, Video

    Learn How to Take Good Notes

    Learn How to Take Good Notes


    Students will learn how to take good notes as they conduct research. 


    Teacher Tip: 

    Talk with your school librarian and obtain ideas on how to assist students with learning skills of record keeping and paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting, when taking notes. 

    Technology makes it easy to locate information and share ideas. However, neglecting to cite your sources and credit can have dire consequences on your grade or academic status. 

    How do you craft a research project that combines a solid foundation in research and evidence with your own conclusions and ideas? The key is to begin with a close reading of the sources you find while taking good notes. 



    Learn How to Take Good Notes in Class

    Becoming a better notetaker requires practice and finding the right method for you. Once you have mastered the right method, taking notes during class or while doing research will aid in comprehension and understanding. 

    videoWatch the video How to Take Notes in Class: The 5 Best Methods from College Info Geek.


    How to Take Notes in Class


    Learn How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article

    Reading a scholarly journal article is not like reading a novel, you can scan for the author's main points, or skip to the conclusion! Learn more about the structure of a scholarly article, when to scan, and when to dig deeper with this video.  

    videoWatch the video How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article from Kishwaukee College Library. 


    How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article


    Learn How to Quote, Paraphrase, and Summarize

    Teacher Tip

    Sample Essay for Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Summarizing from Purdue Online Writing Lab, OWL. 

    Ask students to use this site to practice paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing. Talk with your school librarian and obtain ideas on how to assist students with learning the skills of record keeping and paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting when taking notes. 

    Do you struggle with how to incorporate ideas from other writers into your research paper? Knowing when to quote, paraphrase, and summarize can add credibility and depth to your research paper.  

    readRead Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing from Purdue Online Writing Lab and think about how you can apply each one in your research project.

    OWL: Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing


    Learn About the 10 Types of Plagiarism

    Student plagiarism can be inadvertent to intentional. Take steps to stop plagiarism before it starts with these tips from Science Online. Read this eBook chapter, Preventing Plagiarism, for suggestions about how to talk with students about plagiarism and precautions to take to minimize the risk of plagiarism in the classroom. 

    Remind students about how to avoid plagiarism. Print and post this flyer, Writing a Research Paper? in your classroom or school library. 

    Cloning is not just for sheep and remixing isn't just for music. Turnitin has identified 10 types of plagiarism most often committed by students. 

    readReview the infographic: The Plagiarism Spectrum from TurnItIn linked below. Learn how to identify common types of plagiarism in your own work and others.

    The Plagiarism Spectrum


    Learn How to Avoid Plagiarism

    Good note-taking skills will help you avoid accidental plagiarism. As you paraphrase and summarize from your sources, it helps to know when to cite a source to avoid incidences of plagiarism.  

    videoWatch the video What is Plagiarism and How to Avoid It by Brock University Library. 


    What is plagiarism and how to avoid it