Taking notes while reading your textbooks is strongly recommended. To learn more about note-taking strategies, check out Note-Taking in Communication Essentials for College.
Here are some suggestions for digital note-taking. Make sure you investigate to see how to save/backup your notes, so you can be assured your notes are safe and accessible. Suggested software and applications have not been extensively tested in all scenarios. Please take responsibility and consider you own privacy and security before installing any apps or software on your device.
You may need to experiment to determine what works best for you.
Online web book
- Try an extension for Chrome, Firefox, or other browser
- Google Keep, Evernote or Evernote Web Clipper
- Note taking or annotation apps for your mobile device – search your app store for note taking or web annotation tools
Electronic or Print PDF
- Try Adobe Acrobat PDF reader (free download for many operating systems) and annotate your PDF using the highlighter, comments and sticky notes
- Download and save specific chapters before using with Acrobat PDF reader to take notes – the full PDF is quite long and the file size could become unmanageable
- Use Pen/Highlighter as you would normally if you’ve printed your readings