The way in which I take notes for research is drastically different than the way I take notes for classes. In class, I prefer a computer because typing is more comfortable than writing by hand. However, I am more comfortable taking notes for research on notebook paper because it feels like I’m more involved with the material. Having a computer around distracts me from my reading. It’s also more space-consuming, which I don’t think is practical.
I use notebook paper to keep track of my notes. I write the bibliographic citation, or at least enough information that I can find the source again at the top of the page and jot notes down as I read. Most of what I write down is quotes from the text or other small notes. I also highlight the text or use sticky notes to easily refer back to what I found important.