Research Cornell Notes



Are you finding that your students need support in developing their research skills? My Research Cornell Notes are here to save the day! This note-taking template is designed to teach students the process of using a source for research, including:

1. Correctly citing a source.

2. Taking notes on a source, based on research questions.

3. Organizing and processing information from a source. Connecting that information to the expectations of the research project.

4. Evaluating the reliability and helpfulness of a source.

No more cutting and pasting information from online sources onto PowerPoints and calling it research!

I designed this product based on my experiences and training as an AVID Elective teacher--thus, it emphasizes using Cornell Notes as a learning process, not a product. I include detailed information on how I use these Cornell Notes in my own classroom, including the research steps I deliberately and consciously teach my students with this product.

And, while I designed this product for use in my High School History classroom, it is appropriate for use in ANY content area in both Middle and High School.

Included in this download:

  • The Research Cornell Notes template.
  • Teacher directions for Research Cornell Notes, including a detailed explanation of how I use these notes in my own classroom, along with tips based on my own experiences.

Additionally, if you would like to see how I use these notes with specific projects, you might want to check out the following products on the High School History Teacher's Toolbox:

1. The Immigration Project

2. The Civil War Poster Project

3. The Progressives Mini-Project

Thank you for your interest in this product and my store!


Total Pages
5 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


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