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What methods do you use to annotate a text quickly?

By gabrielgicquel ·
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I am working on a project in which I need to do text annotation. I know the methods that help to annotate text quickly but will be glad if some of you know more techniques or methods for fast text annotation.
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This needs more detail.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to What methods do you use t ...

This could be some DAM (document asset management) system or someone that has a need to note PDFs or something else entirely. The lack of detail plus how it's done now is missing.

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methods to annotate a text

by deborasumopayroll In reply to What methods do you use t ...

Underlining and Highlighting
Underlining or highlighting is the most straightforward method of annotation, as well as the least engaging. Marking certain words, phrases or sentences with a highlighter, pen or pencil can quickly identify key concepts of any text. The Reading and Writing Center at Hunter College, on the other hand, offers a couple of warnings.
Symbols
Using a variety of other symbols, in addition to simply underlining, can help readers quickly identify the basic details of a text. For example, squares or circles may be used with a corresponding key written at the top or bottom of the paper to identify their significance. It may be helpful to have some universal symbols that can be used with any type of text, such as an exclamation point to exhibit a strong emotion or reaction to a text, an asterisk to flag something for follow-up and a question mark to indicate an unanswered question.
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Use the valuable real estate offered in the margins of a text. Beside the printed words, you can write questions that you have about a text, make comments or simply restate or summarize the information in your own words. The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University recommends writing down your queries in the margins of a text and then using a separate piece of paper to answer these questions. This provides a separate log of your inquiries and conclusions.

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