Notes are an important part of research. When you make notes you already analyze your data.
When you put these data in your own words you demonstrate your understanding of the text.

  • notes should be brief and relevant
  • use only key words and phrases, do not use sentences
  • do not copy “word for word” from the text
  • record your sources

Here is an example of taking notes

Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end).

The butterfly's body is covered by tiny sensory hairs. The four wings and the six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move.
Butterflies are very good fliers. They have two pairs of large wings covered with colorful, iridescent scales in overlapping rows. Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) are the only insects that have scaly wings. The wings are attached to the butterfly's thorax (mid-section). Veins support the delicate wings and nourish them with blood.

Enchanted Learning (1999). What is a butterfly? Retrieved from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/allabout/


Flying insects
3 body parts:
  • head
  • thorax
  • abdomen

Other characteristics:
  • 6 jointed legs
  • 4 wings
  • 1 pair of antennae
  • wings covered with colored scales
  • body covered by sensory hairs

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