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HUMA 150: Nature of the Environment: Commonplace Book Entry Instructions

First Required Element: Formal Entry

For the first reading of a text, date all Notes this way: day of week, date month year

For example: Wednesday, 7 January 2014

Include full bibliographic information (MLA format) for notes that begin discussion of a new text.


  • Carefully complete your assigned Reading before class and before writing notes.
  • A simple ballpoint pen is recommended to reduce smearing while writing.
  • Scheduling: for the first few entries, you will require more time to become accustomed to the process, approximately one to two hours. Later entries will take less time once you have mastered the format and feel better about writing your reflection, perhaps 40 minutes to an hour.

Annotated Bibliography

Use this handout from the Learning Center to create your annotated bibliography.