While it doesn’t matter HOW you organize your reading and note taking, what does matter is that you actually have a method that works for you! I decided to share a VoiceThread introduction to the Walden dissertation proposal process as well tips for the Literature Review. The note taking method I share with you is the one I developed as a doctoral student myself. Its how I do it, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be your method. However, seeing how one individual takes notes will more than likely give you ideas on how to tweak your own system to work for you.
I will warn you, this presentation is long, and probably overkill, but I think it will be helpful. If the embedded code doesn’t work, Click on the graphic above to view my presentation titled, “Introduction to the Proposal, Note Taking, and Literature Review.” And here is the word document Literature Review Note Taking Template that I reference in the Voice Thread. It is on my Google Drive. If you are a mentee of mine, you can get your copy in Bb.
I have also provided a script of the presentation that you can download if you like! LitReviewNtTaking_Script
The note taking system I used is based on developing Library Research SubQuestions, or LibSubQ’s. In my video, I share how to develop LibSubQ’s for your own research study, show you how to use my note taking sheets to answer those questions, and provide tid-bits of advice on how to save time in the research process. The beauty to this system, is that in the reading of one article, you will most likely be able to find answers several LibSubQ’s. This will also helps you to cite more than one resource per LibSubQ. You’ll be on your way to having strong evidence for each sub-topic from a variety of resources.
Here is the overall literature review note taking process. You will do a lot of critical reading and note taking before you ever begin writing chapter 2 of your dissertation! Here’s a peek into what you’re gearing up for!
Click on the image below to view and download a plain version of Dr. Darci’s Note Taking Sheet. Or here is a fancier copy that is hyperlinked to make organizing your notes easier.
Here are all of the pdfs associated with this post. Feel free to use them for your personal use:
- Literature Review Note Taking Template (plain)
- Literature Review Note Taking Sheet Template (Hyperlinked)
- Script: Literature Review Note Taking & Proposal Process