Noteworthy observations about note-taking by professionals

Mark Melenhorst, Thea van der Geest, Michaël Steehouder

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In this article we focus on professional readers who have to write recommendations in an online environment. We address the question whether taking notes on screen influences the reading process and the quality of the recommendations in terms of applicability, completeness, and persuasiveness. Seven participants each composed two pieces of advice on technical communication issues. They could use an electronic Notepad whenever they wished. Taking notes appeared to influence advice quality negatively, which may be caused by attention shifts from reading to taking notes on screen. Although we could not find a relationship between the contents of the notes and advice quality, we noted differences in note-taking approaches between the participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-329
JournalJournal of technical writing and communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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