These are a busy dissertation writer’s tips for highlighting a book:
- Use yellow for any statements that grab you.
- Use orange for a statement that grabs you but is right next to another statement that already grabbed you, so you can keep them separate.
- Highlight in such a way that what you highlight forms a complete sentence. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, and it will help you as you scan the book in the future or take notes.
- Use pink for organizing statements, such as “This chapter has two primary objectives, first… second….” This will orient you on the page quickly. I often do this before I actually read a given section.
- In an important book I go through my highlights after reading and pretty well copy them all down into Evernote. I try to make my notes form a narrative that describes the book’s contents.
- I write in the margins. I didn’t always. I use Pigma Micron pens for that.
- I like clickable highlighters so I don’t have to fiddle with a cap.