chapter  3
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The art of taking clear, accurate, and complete field notes is not ob-solete, despite what some would lead us to believe. Electronic data collectors cannot contain all of the details which the human mind and hand may wish to express. The first line of this paragraph cites the three main qualities of good field notes. They must be clear enough so that others do not misinterpret them. Clarity is determined by legibility and neatness, the overall arrangement, sizes of sketches, pencil weight, penmanship, etc. Notes must contain accurate data, dates, names, locations, north direction, column headings, etc. Finally, notes must be complete, containing all pertinent data and other information. If notes pass these three tests, just as with any form of communication, they will be sufficient for proper interpretation.