Library:Library Research Skills For Biologists/Module 6/Page 07

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As you write your paper, rather than referring directly to the book or article that you wish to cite, take notes.

Strategy in Action


  1. Read through the information source a couple of times until you are able to verbally summarize the author's main point(s) without looking back at the source.
  2. On a separate piece of paper or note-card, write down these main points in YOUR OWN WORDS.
  3. The final step is to compare your notes to the text. Ensure that your notes paraphrase and/or summarize the author's main points.