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Lesson 8A > Lesson 8B

Lesson 8A: Making notes from Web sites -- Don't forget to do Lesson 8B next.

If you are good at keyboarding, instead of hand-writing notes while doing research from Web sites, you might be far better off using a wordprocessing program such as Word or WordPerfect. With your notes already in a wordprocessing program, it will be easy to incorporate them into your term papers and other reports for your college work.

Windows side by side

Here's a good technique for your note-taking.

  1. Begin your note taking session by opening up Word (or any other wordprocessing program -- even Wordpad or Notepad)
  2. If your Word window is maximized (taking up your full screen), click on the restore button -- the two overlapping rectangles at the top right hand corner of your Word window.
    Restore button selected in window.
  3. Now size your window so that it takes up the top half of your screen. To size, put your mouse arrow on top of a window border until the arrow turns into a double-sided arrow (see below), and then click and hold, dragging the arrow, expanding or contracting the window to the size you want. (For the sake of clarity, I've exaggerated the size of your sizing arrow. Yours will be much smaller.)
    Sizing arrow on a Window.
  4. By placing your arrow in the blue title bar of your window and holding your mouse button, you can drag your window anywhere on the screen. The blue title bar in the image above shows the word Document 1. Drag your Word window so that it takes up the lower half of your screen.
  5. Now open up your browser and go to a Web site you plan to take notes from. For our practice here, use this Web page on President Dwight D. Eisenhower: http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/bios/27.html
  6. Size and position this window so that it takes up half the screen and is above your Word Window. Be sure the windows don't overlap.
  7. At the beginning of your Word document, copy the Web site address of your research site.
    • You can copy the address by left clicking in your browser's address box, selecting or turning blue the Web site address. Then right click for a pop up menu.
    • Next, left click on Copy.
    • Switch then to your Word window, and Edit/Paste your source address at the top of your Word document.
    • Whenever you take notes from a Web site, you should copy and paste the site's address into your wordprocessor window either right above or right below your notes. Identifying your source's Web site address with all your notes will always allow you to quickly return to a site at a later date for additional information or to recheck information you already have.
    • Below is what your two juxtaposed windows should look like. The second window shows how the source address has been copied and pasted above the notes.

    Explorer window showing Eisenhower source Web page.

    Word window used for notetaking on Eisenhower source.
  8. As you scroll through the information on President Eisenhower, type your notes into the Word Window. Of course, be sure to save your Word notes on a diskette or your harddrive.
  9. When you switch to another source in Explorer, you can skip a couple of lines in your Word window, copy and paste the new source's URL, and continue making notes in your Word window.

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