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It is time now to take some notes for your passion project.

Remember it’s so important to take effective notes in order not to plagiarise.

Here is an electronic version of the Note-taking table – passion project sheet.

After you have searched using the key words from your KWL chart, copy the raw information you wish to use into note-taking sheet and then put the information into your own words.  You may wish to copy quotes.  Make sure you paraphrase and summarise into the final column.  You can use heading and dot points.

Effective note-taking means knowing how to put work into your own words and how to quote, paraphrase and summarise effectively:

Have a look at this handout from the University of New South Wales.

A sample essay from the OWL Purdue that also demonstrates quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

You will also find the following sites are helpful:

The website from the State Library / Ergo- Note-taking tips

The website from the State Library / Ergo – Quoting Paraphrasing and Summarising

The website from the State Library / Ergo – Recording Quotes


Take notes.

You can do this on paper or download the note-taking sheet and do this on your computer.

Passion Project Lesson 2 Search

In our previous session we completed the first two columns of the KWL chartto better define our research. Go back to this chart and have a better look at the middle column – What you want to know. Words in this column are a good starting point for the beginning of a list of key words you will use to perform a search on your topic.

Google Search

Most of us use Google to perform searches on the internet.  But Google has a host of new features to help you find what you are looking for that you may not be aware of. As you type in the search box the autosuggest feature starts offering possible search terms. Take the time to look at these. There are more search options look for the menu at the top.

Once you do a search, you’ll see another range of Search tools in a toolbar at the top of the page. By clicking on Search Tools, you will find further options for modifying your search, such as reading level, sites with images or dictionaries. If you’re logged in to Google you can even limit your search to pages you’ve visited in the past. Under More on the top black toolbar, you can search other huge Google repositories such as Books or Videos.

Once you do a search, Google’s Knowledge Graph allows you to do a deeper and broader exploration of richly connected topics.

Advanced search can be accessed through the cog on the right or at the bottom of the page. In Advanced Search you can restrict the type of sites eg: .edu .org or .gov or modify your search according to the reading level. Think about the words you key in the search box. Punctuations is not important but the words you use are. Google has many pages to help you e.g. look at this page with simple advice to improve your basic search.

If you would like to try a different search engine why not try: Instagrok:  which is a powerful visual search engine and helps you create a mind map on your topic.   Maps, videos and websites are visually clear.  You may also find quizzes on your topic. You might want to try out this search engine as an alternative to Google.

Depending on your topic, after searching on the internet look for information from: Our Online Library Catalogue (Tip:  as there are fewer resources in our collection you might have to keep topics broader eg:dogs not cavoodles, or flowers not roses) Our Databases World Book Online or Newsbank (only if topic suits).

Task: Perform searches using Google, Online Library Catalogue and/or WorldBook Online & Newsbank

Bookmark websites or keep a note of the name of the book on the notetaking page. Here is an electronic overview of the The Passion project[3]. Here is an electronic copy of the Note-taking table – passion project. Save both into a folder in your documents.  Keep notes of good resources on your notetaking sheet so you can find them again.  In our next session you will need them to take notes.