You can get help from the Student Success Centre for writing specific types of documents like annotated bibliographies and research papers.


To read books more quickly, try skimming the table of contents or index for your topic, and read the introduction for an overview. Read headings, words in bold, look at tables, graphs and illustrations.


To read articles more quickly, read the abstract for an overview, and read the introduction and discussion/conclusion. Look at the tables, graphs and illustrations.


Reading strategies for books and articles include:

  • Read actively and selectively.
  • Read to answer your questions.
  • Break reading into manageable segments.

Taking good notes involves:

  • Being an active note-taker by highlighting important quotes and summarize what you've read in your own notes.
  • Keeping track of your own notes using the "they say, I say" method.
  • Recording the citation information of the original source.
  • Writing a flexible outline, making sure it is continually revised.
  • Writing as you research to help better develop your ideas.

Use a citation management software like Zotero to help you keep track of all your sources in one place.


Be sure to revise, edit, and proofread the final copy of your assignment. Double check your assignment instructions to ensure you have addressed all the requirements.

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