Friday, December 28, 2007

after notetaking, what?

When you have gathered enough ideas or notes to make you write a substantial term paper, next comes writing an outline or trying to arrange the notes you have collected.  This is an easy part since all you need to do is evaluate the value of each card containing an idea and see where each one fits.  This is fun to do since it's much like playing cards, shuffling ideas here and there until you can come up with a working order of your paper. Think of parts, topics, sub-topics and try to arrange the note cards accordingly.  Discard some that are repetitive or unnecessary.  Use only those that you will need.  Arrange and rearrange, discard, evaluate.

As the cards containing the ideas are laid out on the table in the order that you want them to appear, start drafting your working outline.

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