When taking notes in class, I try to organize the notes in somewhat of an outline format, using the main talking points as headings and the discussions of these points as subheadings. When doing research, I think that my method is rather cumbersome but effective for me. I usually sketch out a rough outline of the paper I’m trying to write, then look for pertinant data. Once I have it, I usually include all of the bibliographic info right in the outline, making sure to put it parantheses or bold the data. Then, when I’m ready to write the report, I have the information right there to footnote.