The Fourth Step -Read, Scan and Make Notes!
extract and record

Take Notes on everything!

When you read a source and find something which could be useful, write it down.

Include where you found it and who wrote it. (See how to acknowledge sources)

There's no need to write it down in full. Use abbreviations where necessary. (see note making techniques)


Note Making

Here are some brief notes from a longer Guardian article about the island of Crete. Here the "trash" has been discarded, leaving only the "treasure".

Copy these notes into your word processor.

Then add your own words to fill out the information and make a single piece of writing.

A "crossing White Mountains in Western Crete... walkers completed 18km (11.2 mile) hike down Samaria gorge (Europe's longest) from Agia Roumeli to Hora Sfakion.
epic walk... spectacular scenery ... sense of achievement.
gorge leads from mountains to Libyan through "Iron Gates" (narrowest point, rocks on 600m high.)
second only to Palace of Knossos, (Minoan palace) "

Here are some notes from another source, a book about the same place.

Copy these notes into your word processor too and combine them with your earlier notes into a single report.

As you write, think carefully about what is worth selecting and whether there are any contradictions.



You should now have a single article using

edited information from exercise 1
extra information from exercise 2 A and B




B "... most spectacular adventure in Crete: Samaria Gorge (11 miles, allow 6 hours).
Starts at Xyloskalou, end of Omalos Plain, steep wooden staircase. One mile on - sea level. 5 more miles to Samaria (14th century frescoes).
River bed crossing (danger of floods) then walls soar to 300-600 metres. Next Sidheroportes (Iron Gates) and gorge is only 2 metres wide.
Then Ayia Roumeli (on coast).
Only exit is by boat to Hora Sphakion - no roads"



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