Use Scrible to help you with notetaking. Sign up for a free account (the student accounts are free now), add the Scrible Toolbar to your browser, and you’re reading to start taking notes.
Here’s a quick video that shows you how to do it:
There’s a short overview video on the home page of Scrible, too.
Once you’re signed up and ready to go, open up a page you want to annotate and click on the Scrible Toolbar you’ve installed, then start annotating:
You can create source citations very easily, too (use the quotation marks in the Scrible menu):
“The Tip System at Restaurants is Outrageous—and Here’s the Research to Prove It.” New Republic. n.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. URL.
Save your notes to your Scrible Library, and then you can edit again later, change the access so others can collaborate, create a bibliography, and more:
Creating a “summary” will copy-and-paste your highlighted sections directly (so it’s not really a “summary” by our class definition). But it’s a good way to start preparing your real summary. Just make sure you rephrase the main ideas in your own words. Here’s an example from the restaurant tipping article above:
There’s no app for the iPad, but you can put a bookmarklet in your Safari.