Here are some tips on how to use books more effectively in your research:
It's a good idea to write down full citations for each book or article you read. Including a citation with your notes will help you stay organized and be ready to write your paper later.
Find a note-taking strategy that works for you. But definitely make sure to find and write down the author's main argument and what types of primary sources they use as evidence. Here are some additional resources with tips on taking notes in history.
Historians most often use The Chicago Manual of Style citation format. This online resource includes examples of citation formats for many different types of sources, including books, journal articles, government publications, and several types of primary source documents. If you need help figuring out how to properly cite a source, don't hesitate to contact your librarian, Adam Beauchamp, for help!