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Research Grid Taking Notes

Gathering and Organizing Information

Research Grid

If you can keep track of a large sheet of paperbetter than you can keep track of a stack of note cards, maybe this technique will work for you.


This is how a grid might be designed for taking notes this way with our hieroglyphics example:


Source 1
World Book
Source 1
Riddle of the
Rosetta Stone
Source 2
The Origin of
Source 3
Discover Mag
"Ancient Egypt"
Source 4
Where did the term "hieroglyphics" come from?        
Were there any early guesses about what the symbols meant?        
Is there any structure to the language?        
How did the Rosetta Stone guide the translation process?        
How do hieroglyphics fit into the whole process of language development?        


In each of the empty boxes, record notes from each of your sources as you locate information to answer each of your research questions.
  • The information in the "Source" boxes in the first row should be complete bibliographic data.
  • Not every box has to be filled. You probably won't find information on all of your questions in all of your sources. If a source has no information about a question, leave the box for that source and question blank.
  • In the end, everything in a single row can be combined to answer the question for that row.