Research Paper Organizer - sortable spreadsheet
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Research Paper Notes Organizer
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This blank spreadsheet is designed to help you organize and sort your notes. Just follow these basic instructions:
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*First, you will type all your notes into the "Organized Notes" Tab, which you can see at the bottom of this sheet.
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*Start with your first source. You will type in each detail that you think you will use in your paper. you will enter your information following these guidelines:
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Begin by entering your paper's topic / thesis statement into the yellow box.
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Review your notes in order to brainstorm a list of potential subtopics / sections for your paper. You should refer to the instructions for the assessment, as it gives guidelines regarding required sections. List these topics in the tan section, under the topic box.
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Now you are ready to start typing / pasting in the details you will use in your paper. You can open Noodle Tools, and copy / paste details from individual sources into the pale green boxes. You will type in the actual detail that you are going to use in your paper. Most of the should be facts, and not direct quotes. If it is a direct quote, like from a primary source, make sure to put it in quotation marks.
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Next to each detail, make sure to enter the source number (and page number, if it's a print source) into the blue boxes.
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As you identify which subtopic / section each detail fits, label it in the first, tan column. The label should be simple, and based on your list up top -- A, B, C, etc.
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Once you finish your first source, move on to your second one. You will move through all your sources in the same fashion.
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After you finished entering all of your source information and all of your notes, it is very easy to sort this sheet so that you can focus on one section of your paper at a time. all you need to do is click on the little triangle in the top right corner of one of the column headings, and you can select exactly what you want to look at. This way, you can view all the details from all your sources that fit one particular section of your paper and then work on just organizing that section into paragraphs.
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Once you begin writing your paper / typing your draft, you can place an "X" in the "used in paper" column to keep track of the information you have already used.
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