- Begin your note taking session by opening up Word (or any other
wordprocessing program -- even Wordpad or Notepad)
- If your Word window is maximized (taking up your full screen), click
on the restore button -- the two overlapping rectangles at the top
right hand corner of your Word window.
- Now size your window so that it takes up the top half of your screen.
To size, put your mouse arrow on top of a window border until the
arrow turns into a double-sided arrow (see below), and then click
and hold, dragging the arrow, expanding or contracting the window
to the size you want. (For the sake of clarity, I've exaggerated the
size of your sizing arrow. Yours will be much smaller.)
- By placing your arrow in the blue title bar of your window and holding
your mouse button, you can drag your window anywhere on the screen.
The blue title bar in the image above shows the word Document 1.
Drag your Word window so that it takes up the lower half of your screen.
- Now open up your browser and go to a Web site you plan to take notes
from. For our practice here, use this Web page on President Dwight
D. Eisenhower: http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/bios/27.html
- Size and position this window so that it takes up half the screen
and is above your Word Window. Be sure the windows don't overlap.
- At the beginning of your Word document, copy the Web site address
of your research site.
- You can copy the address by left clicking in your browser's
address box, selecting or turning blue the Web site address. Then
right click for a pop up menu.
- Next, left click on Copy.
- Switch then to your Word window, and Edit/Paste your source
address at the top of your Word document.
- Whenever you take notes from a Web site, you should copy and
paste the site's address into your wordprocessor window either
right above or right below your notes. Identifying your source's
Web site address with all your notes will always allow you to
quickly return to a site at a later date for additional information
or to recheck information you already have.
- Below is what your two juxtaposed windows should look like.
The second window shows how the source
address has been copied and pasted above the notes.
- As you scroll through the information on President Eisenhower, type
your notes into the Word Window. Of course, be sure to save your Word
notes on a diskette or your harddrive.
- When you switch to another source in Explorer, you can skip a couple
of lines in your Word window, copy and paste the new source's URL,
and continue making notes in your Word window.