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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2008 09:13 pm
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Joined: Sun Jun 1st, 2008
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Back in college, I took a course from a professor that assigned a book every week to read.  Our assignment was to condense the authors work onto two typed pages; no more, no less.  We had to directly quote the author, no paraphrasing.  The title of the paper was the proper reference for the book (author, title, publisher, etc) and all sentences or parts thereof had to have a page number reference.

That professor was tough, and to this day I first read a book through uninterupted for the pleasure, no marks allowed.  Then I go back chapter by chapter and pull out the sentences where the author condensed and summarized his ideas.  I also look at the examples the author uses to make his points.  It makes me study the text before any notes are taken from it, and it keeps the amount of notes I take concise and properly referenced.

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