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Before you start this section on note-taking, read through the following questions and tick the appropriate boxes:

Yes     No
Do you understand why effective note taking is one of the most important steps in research?    
Do you know there are different types of notes you take for different purposes?    
Do you have a clear understanding of the note-taking process?    
Does your note-taking strategy keep you focussed on answering the question?    
Does your note-taking strategy allow you to organise the notes thematically, corresponding to those issues you have identified as significant?    
Does your note-taking strategy ensure that your notes do not contain pages of irrelevant material?    
Does your method of note taking allow easy retrieval of all bibliographic details as well as allowing you to cross-reference one source with another during the note-taking process?    
Do you know
  1. the difference between
  2. how to use
  3. when to use
direct and indirect quotations?

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