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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
  • Research
  • Research Skills
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    Practice Organizing Information

    Practice Organizing Information


    Students will practice organizing the information they find during the research process. 


    Since it is so easy to plagiarize unintentionally, it is very important to take good notes. When you are taking notes, you need to have a system so you can tell the difference between the following: 

    • Paraphrasing
    • Direct quotation
    • Summarizing
    • Common knowledge 

    Practice Using the Note Card Method

    The note card method for note-taking includes using 3x5 index cards to record information from the sources you have gathered for your research. It is important to be precise, record only one main point per card, and use a variety of paraphrases, summaries, and quotes. This method offers flexibility and allows visual learners to manipulate the cards to better organize the evidence you will use in your final product.  

    formBelow is a sample note card. Click on the card below or follow the link to learn more about this method. 




    Practice Paraphrasing and Taking Notes

    Practice makes perfect. Before you begin taking notes from the articles you collected for your research paper, practice paraphrasing using the exercise below. 

    formFollow the link to the Purdue Online Writing Lab Paraphrasing Exercise. Complete the exercise on a separate sheet of paper, Google Doc, or Word Document.  


    Practice Identifying Plagiarism

    Accidental plagiarism can wreak havoc on your research paper. Think you know how to avoid plagiarism? Test your skills with the Plagiarism Game from Lycoming College.  

    gameFollow the link to play the Plagiarism Game. Challenge your classmates to see who can achieve the best score.

    Plagiarism Game


    Practice Note-Taking Using Graphic Organizers

    How do you take notes?

    • Are you going to go digital and keep your notes in a Google Doc or Word document?
    • Do you prefer paper and pencil? 

    graphic organizerReview each graphic organizer using the table below. Select a graphic organizer to help you take notes as you read your sources. Find the graphic organizers in the attached resources below.

    • Determine if you will take notes electronically or use paper and pencil.
    • Practice using the graphic organizer to take notes as you read websites, articles, and books.
    Cornell NotesTypically used to take notes during class, this method can be adapted to be used to take notes during research. Use the left column to record your research question. In the right column, record evidence or main points from the article that addresses the research question in the left column. Summarize your thoughts about the evidence and the main points you gathered in the section at the bottom. 

    Organize to Take Notes


    Use this adapted double-entry journal as you learn more about your topic. Use only one page per source and make sure you include a correct citation for the source. 
    Inquiry Chart

    After exploring topics of inquiry, select one and write in the box labeled “My Topic.” Next, brainstorm three questions you have about your topic. Write each question in the question boxes at the top of the chart. Finally, add to this chart information you already know that you can answer any of the three questions listed at the top of the chart.