This sheet can be printed and used for any research project or paper. If students need to have more than four subtopics then you can print page 1 and page 2 to create front and back.
Before using this sheet, I have discussed how to organize and code their sources so they can use an abbreviated source code rather than rewriting long citations and still give credit where credit is due. I have the students create a Google Doc with a list of all their sources and a coding system for each one. Then they use that code and specific page and/or paragraph numbers on the sticky note itself, so they can find the information again if needed.
During, sometimes the sticky part of the sticky notes don't hold up, so my tip is to use a cover slip as a protective slip. Also, it's a good idea to either use different colored sticky notes or write the subtopic number on the sticky note.
After research is on their sticky note and organized by subtopic, the students will tackle one subtopic at a time to organize and put information in their own words. This is a great time to use prewriting graphic organizers.