Note Cards and Bibliography Cards

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Research writing is about content and following directions.  

      Your research project grade will be 50% submission criteria and 50% content criteria.

Although you are being required to follow a process that is an "old-fashioned" way to generate a research paper, you should be aware of "bibmakers"--sites that help generate bibliography entries. Many of these "Bib makers" are available through a search.  One site that goes further to guide you through a research process is "Noodletools," for example. 

What is a bibliography?  It is. . .

  1. A list of the works of a specific author or publisher.
  2. a. A list of writings relating to a given subject: a bibliography of Latin American history. b. A list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work.
  3. a. The description and identification of the editions, dates of issue, authorship, and typography of books or other written material. b. A compilation of such information.
  • Sooooo. .  . .as you search library catalogues and indices for periodical articles, books, and internet resources on the topic that you are learning about in order to write a well-researched and documented paper, you must keep a record of promising sources as you come across them. 

  • The most practical way to do that is via "bib cards." 

  • The name and location of every single promising new source that you find should be written on its own bib card.

  • Keep every bib card you fill out, whether you actually use information from that source or not.

  • If you don't use information from the bib source, just mark it so you know you did not or will not use it.  (A big X on the card is a good way to do that.)

Requirements for Bibliography Cards:  

Bibliography Cards are small index cards ( 3" X 4") used to record the bibliographic information for each primary and secondary source you use so that you can alphabetize your cards and type up your Works Cited page after you finish writing your paper. Each card will contain different information, depending on whether your source is a book, journal, magazine, or internet source. Follow the MLA Documentation Section in the Scott Foresman Handbook   or A Guide to MLA Documentation, 4th ed. . Some other very helpful sites can be found at the Purdue Online Writing Lab:

Go to the Purdue Online Sources for Writers--to scroll down the menu at that site until you find what you need.

In addition to having patterns for bibliography entries, there are also many "bibliography makers" online.  These provide "fill-in-the-blank" forms.  Just do a "bibliography maker" search to find these. 

When you finish gathering your bib sources, take notes on notecards as described below, and make out a separate bibliography card for each source, both the primary (the story or poems) and the secondary sources (authoritative criticism).

Requirements for Notecards

Notecards are large index cards used to record your ideas on your primary source as well as ideas you find in your secondary sources. Set up your notecards as follows:

        1.   the source of the borrowed material:

        2.  exactly WHERE in the source the material was borrowed from:

         3.  the bit of borrowed material:     

          4.  a title for the content of the note:   

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