Cornell notes

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Read the attached article, “Relationships Between Critical Thinking Ability and Nursing Competence in Clinical Nurses” by Chang et al., on the importance of critical thinking skills in nursing. Then watch the videos where Rebecca Wolf demonstrates HOW TO:

1) annotate the text,

2) use the Cornell Notes format to complete a basic summary of the text,

3) use the Cornell Notes advanced format to record notes around her own specific questions.

Here is an exemplar of the Cornell Notes on the Chang article so you can see how to use this note taking system to keep track of specific quotes, paraphrases, and summaries of the articles you read and how to differentiate this information from YOUR ideas about the topic. This exercise is to teach you a skill and provide you with a tool to make your writing easier. You will take notes on an article of your choosing, not this one. 

Blank copy of Cornell Notes


Cornell Notes

You will use the Cornell notes method to take notes on an article of your choice. Since we haven’t covered literature search skills yet, a list of articles is provided for you, but you may find your own peer-reviewed literature review or study if you prefer. (If the article you want requires purchase, make sure you are logged in to Miner Library, refresh, and try the link again. Or you can search for that same article on the Miner website. You should not have to pay for any articles!) The article should be related to the problem you choose in your problem statement worksheet.

Your notes should include:

  1. Reference information (You won’t be graded on APA format, but take a stab at it. Here’s how to reference a journal article, which is the type of source required for this assignment.)
  2. Important definitions
  3. Problem/Research question/thesis stated
  4. Methods (including instruments and data analysis used) correctly stated (Summarize in your own words! Try to be concise. Simple is good!)
  5. Results (how participants scored on instruments) accurately recorded (Paraphrase)
  6. Discussion (what the authors learned about their research question from doing the study, including interpretation of results)
  7. Relevance (how can this information be applied to clinical practice/your problem?)
  8. Takeaway summarizes key point gathered from article, questions still unanswered
  9. Quotation marks are used if more than three consecutive words are taken from article, with page number noted. Paraphrase whenever you can!
  10. Abbreviations and sentence fragments are OK, but keep in mind that your professor and you-in-the-future have to read it, so try not to baffle us.

Remember, these are supposed to be notes. They should be significantly shorter than the original! (As a rough estimate, I’d say notes should be about 1/4 to 1/3 of the length of the source, at most.) You don’t have to include every little thing, just the potentially useful stuff. Also, notes must be accurate or you are likely to wind up plagiarizing when you draft! Notes must accurately represent the original meaning of the source material (don’t “spin” what you read or oversimplify), indicate quoted wording (3 or more words in a row that exactly match the source should be in quotes), and indicate the primary source of secondary material (see Who Gets Credit and How to Keep Track). 

Please use the blank Cornell Notes file attached above. Save it with a filename that includes your last name and whatever will help you remember the specific article you took notes on (maybe a shortened version of the article title, the author’s last name, or a few key details like “Australia retirement factor survey”). As you take notes on more sources for your essay, you won’t want to be looking at a dozen files all titled “Smith Cornell Notes” or “Smith Retention article notes.” 


I am not sure how long it should be, depends on the article. I will put down 2 pages. If you do it in one that is fine too.

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