Note-Taking Templates

Reference Template

Use these templates to take notes from different kinds of sources. These templates will help you to understand:

  • what kind of information to gather from each kind of source
  • how to keep track of what data you got from each source
  • what further information you need to gather

Each template is available in PDF and in Word format, for your convenience. Some WRDSB high schools have versions of these templates which have been customized to suit that school’s specific requirements. Check your school library website for further information.

Reference Source Templates

  • Use for finding facts and figures
  • Note information that needs to be verified by checking other sources
  • Jot down potential sub-topics suggested by information from each source
  • Record source information (title, date,
    etc.)

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Book Source Templates

Book Template

  • Record main ideas in point form
  • Take note of your own responses to these ideas, or questions that you have about them
  • Record any great quotes that you find that support your main ideas: be sure to copy the quote exactly and note the page number for your citation
  • Record source information

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Journal Source Templates

Journal Template

  • Use for print or online journals, and for journal articles accessed through an online database from the Virtual Library
  • Record main ideas in point form
  • Take note of your own responses and ideas
  • Record quotes that support your ideas: be sure to copy the quote exactly

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Website Source Templates

Website Template

  • Note main ideas in point form
  • Record your own responses to these ideas
  • Note information that needs to be verified from another source
  • Identify the steps you took to validate this source: when researching from the web, you are particularly responsible for making sure that your source is reliable

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