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A Survey of Note-Taking Practices

Khan, Fawzia



Abstract: Twenty-eight people from a variety of occupations were interviewed about how they made notes in order to provide guidelines for the development of pen computers. They were questioned about various aspects of note- taking including the situations of note-taking, what is noted down, the characteristics of notes, organization and filing, referring back to notes, problems with notes and the physical aspects of note-taking. An overview of the findings is presented and the impli- cations for the development of a system to support the taking of notes discused.

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