Research Notes
This is a sample of what research notes are like.

Note the following:
• Notes are divided by sub-topic
• Every source used is listed correctly in the working bibliography
• Every note has the citation information – author and page number
• Direct quotes are in quotation marks
• Paraphrasing is not in quotation marks, but still gives citation information
• Your own reflections are very important
 Sample Notes - Population Control
General notes:
"The prospects for development and alleviation of poverty in the Philippines will remain poor unless the country's spiraling population growth can be brought under control warned a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)." The Catholic church is against it, even though the Philippines has the highest growth rate in the region (Easton 1687).
Reflection:  I didn't realize that the Philippines had a population problem.

Rich people are donating money to help curb population growth. This includes Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates (Kabbany 39).
Reflection: I wonder why they feel they need to do this?

In the US, and in other industrialized countries,we have easy access to methods of controlling the size of our families. "That opportunity must be extended to the developing countries if they are to avoid aggravating the social, economic and environmental difficulties from which they already suffer (Wahren).
Reflection: I wonder what kinds of contraceptives they have available?
"If we Americans behave in Iraq as we behave in other countries, upon Baghdad's surrender we will fly in teams of population controllers and 'gender advisers,'" Mosher continues. "They will inaugurate programs which will subject Iraqi children, especially girls, to graphic sex education programs. They will stock Iraqi medical clinics with condoms and contraceptives. They will further insist that family planning (population control) programs be in place, warning that the penalty for noncompliance will be a denial of additional aid, even in the form of loans from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund" ("Population control" 5).
Reflection:Low opinion of US strategies, that's for sure. Do we really do this?
In the two most populous countries of the world, India and China, attention has lately been drawn to a disturbing trend in which some couples try to ensure male children by means of sex-selective abortion and infanticide" ("Missing girls").
Reflection: It's hard to believe they kill the female babies.
In India, a law passed in 2001 states that poor people will get health insurance only if they are sterilized after having two children (Acharya 26).
Reflection: This makes more sense than some of the rules.

"Tubal ligation is widely accepted as a low-risk elective surgery in developed countries, but in The People's Republic of China, forced sterilisations are common and the procedure has earned a repressive reputation" (Sills 1729).
Reflection: Is the US doing a good thing here?
"This paper argues that from the trans- Atlantic slave trade of the 15th-19th centuries to the diseases, epidemics and wars of present time, the West has consciously, consistently and systematically pursued policies designed to control, reduce and eliminate altogether Africa's population for the avowed purpose of gaining exclusive access to the continent's best agricultural land to serve its commodity requirements, as well as to its vast mineral resources, particularly those deemed 'strategic', (i.e. indispensable to the advanced technology industries of the West, such as electronics, aeronautics and space)" (Martin 69).
Reflection:  It's hard to believe that this would really happen.
 Working Bibliography
Aclharya, Keya. "Steriization in India." Contemporary Review July 2001: 26-28. PerAbs. OCLC FirstSearch. Web. 18 July 2005.

Easton, Adam. "Philippines Birth Rate Affects Economy." Lancet 15 May 1999: 1687. PerAbs. OCLC FirstSearch. Web. 7 July 2005.

Kabbany, Jennifer. "Big Bucks Ban Births." Insight on the News 3 May 1999: 39. PerAbs. OCLC FirstSearch. Web. 11 July 2005.

Martin, Guy. "The West, Natural Resources, and Population Control in Africa in Historical Perspective." Journal of Third World Studies Spring
     2005: 69-107. PerAbs. OCLC FirstSearch. Web. 18 July 2005.

"Missing Girls: Son Preference Reshapes the Population in India and China." History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts
     Worldwide, Vol. 4. Gale Group, 2002. Student Resource Center. Thomson Gale. Web. 10 July 2005.

"Population Control and Terrorism." New American 21 Apr. 2003: 5. PerAbs. OCLC FirstSearch. Web. 11 July 2005.

Sills, E, Scott et al. "Gynaecology, Forced Sterilisation, and Asylum in the USA." Lancet 6 June 1998: 1729-1730. PerAbs. OCLC FirstSearch.

     Web. 18 July 2005.

Wahren, Carl. "Imperative of Population Control." OECD Observer. 1991: 34. Web. 18 July 2005.