Here’s the Template I Use to Take Notes on Books I Read

Developed from How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATA:

Author(s):

Editor(s):

Translator(s):

Title and subtitle:

Title and subtitle of any larger work that contains the source:

Pages:

Volume:

Issue:

Edition:

URL and date accessed:

Publisher:

Place:

Date:

INTERPRETATION:

Kind of Book (Practical or theoretical?):

Subject Matter:

Problems Attempted to Solve:

Summary (What is the book about as a whole?):

Outline of Source:

Key Terms:

Key Propositions/Arguments (What is being said in detail, and how?):

CRITIQUE:

Is the book true, in whole or part?:

Problems Solved:

Problems Not Solved:

Author is uninformed:

Author is misinformed:

Author is illogical:

Author is incomplete:

What of it? (Why) is it important to know these things?:

By Joshua Steele

Software engineer using "dead" languages to help the living. Learn more at joshuapsteele.com.

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