Taking Notes Digitally

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Great Beyond

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Great Beyond

There are a variety of ways to engage with a source. Usually we take basic notes that include the following:

  • brief summary, and
  • key terms/concepts w/definitions and/or descriptions.


1. Open a document and put the full bibliographic citation of one source at the top of the page.

2. Take notes on your chosen source. Begin with a summary and definitions of the key terms and/or concepts.

3. Now, take advantage of writing in a digital environment by doing at least three of the following:

  • hyperlink to resources and/or discussions
  • use detailed font formatting (style, color, size, etc.) that engages with content/meaning
  • embed resources
  • include a representative image and citation
  • include an annotated image/screencapture
  • embed a poll that teaches and engages readers with the material

4. Share-out: In the comments thread, upload a document with your notes or provide a link to where you have posted your notes elsewhere (make sure they are posted publicly). Be sure to include a full bibliographic citation of the source from which you are taking notes.

(Try using this website to help take static screenshots or take screencast videos with  Screencast-O-Matic or Open Broadcaster Software.)