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Brooke Notes (~45 minutes)
Brooke Notes are a note-keeping system designed to be routine, generative, usable, and accumulative throughout and beyond your undergraduate studies. This approach to note-keeping, which I credit to Collin Brooke, takes as its first principle that if it is worth reading, it is worth annotating. Even more, reading as a part of research writing means that the notes should be right-sized (i.e., neither excessively thorough nor too thin to be useful later on) and built-up in a database that you can search later on (your Google folder, in this case).

Here are a few general provisions for Brooke Notes:

Learn more about the rationale for this approach and the basic guidelines for developing a Brooke Notes entry over here: Each entry should—at a minimum—include the following:

A complete Brooke Notes entry will include all seven of these elements. Project One will require you to develop Brooke Notes entries for at least two articles.

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"Let's say you were from somewhere else, seeing this Earth from space for the first time. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be satisfied with that view; I'd want to get closer, walk around on it, even get down on my hands and knees. That's how I prefer to see the Earth." —Wendell Berry, Interview with Jordan Fisher-Smith

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