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Thu 6 Jun 2024
11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Cambridge University Libraries Online

Provided by: Cambridge University Libraries


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Academic Reading and Note Making for researchers (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

Thu 6 Jun 2024


Effective note making is an essential bridge between reading and writing. When making notes for a long piece of writing, if you paraphrase and interpret as you go along, you will be able to retrieve what you have learned from reading quickly and efficiently and often produce sections that you can drop straight into your work. This session will introduce you to the theory of good note making, discuss different note making techniques and offer advice for deciding which approach best suits your practices.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of strategic reading
  • Identify strategic reading approaches that fit your needs
  • Explain the difference between note taking and note making
  • Explain the link between reading, note making and academic writing

Please note: This session will be offered again in Easter term, date to be confirmed.

Target audience
  • PhD students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Other Cambridge students and staff welcome

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Thu 6 Jun   11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online Charlotte Cooper-Davis,  Melendra Sanders

Online webinar with presentations, demonstrations, discussions and practical activities.

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System requirements

This session will be delivered using Zoom so please ensure you have it installed ahead of the session. A joining link will be sent out as part of the booking confirmation process.


One hour



CUL Research Skills

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