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DMS_Mother Page: Step 4: Use of Information

This guide is for assisting student with any research process.

Skim & scan & keep the best!

Tech Tools

Use the following to create and communicate:

Word processors
Powerpoint
Web pages

Need help with vocabulary?  Use a online dictionary

Step 4: Use of information

 Start digging! 

Time to read through everything you have selected and determine:

  • What information is useful?
  • Does the information answer most of your questions?
  • Will the information help you write your report?

You will need to make source notes for each piece of information you use. This will ensure you don't accidentally pass along someone else's ideas and words as your own. Taking notes on everything you look at now. Coming back later for more details wastes time. 

Taking notes

Recording ideas you find is important. One way to record information is to use Cornell notes. Cornell notes use the Cornell way or a series of steps for taking notes, revising the notes, using the notes, and getting feedback on them. 

Putting it all in your own words

Do you have all the parts?

  • the introduction tells the reader the point you're going to prove
  • the body is where you discuss your topic
  • the conclusion describes what you said you were going to do.