Taking Notes With Note CardsPresentation Transcript
Research Strategies Taking notes using note cards Holly Frilot Collins Hill High School Spring 2010
What do I do first?
Create a Works Cited Note Card.
This includes all the citation info exactly as it would appear on your Works Cited page (author, title, etc.)
It’s good to do this BEFORE you take your first note.
Example on next page
Works Cited Note Card Example #1 1 “ Graphic Designer.” Career Cruising . Anaca Technologies, 2010. Web. 24 Mar. 2010. Citation: Use proper MLA format with the correct punctuation. This citation will look the same on your Works Cited page. Source: Label this card with a number. The first Works Cited card is 1, the second is 2, and so on. Then, all your notes that come from this source will have the number 1 in the top right corner. Format: Notice that this entry is double-spaced, so skip lines when writing on a note card. Also, the second line (and any other lines after) is indented.
Works Cited Note Card Example #2 2 Smith, Grace. “Graphic Designer.” Popular Jobs. Ed. Linda Shepherd. Seattle: Frost Publishers, Inc., 2008. 45-61. Print. Citation: Use proper MLA format with the correct punctuation. Depending on what type of source it is, different information will be needed. Source: This is a new source, so it has a new number. All notes from this source will also have a number 2 in the upper right corner.
Works Cited Formats
If you need help properly citing different types of sources (book, website, database, etc.) go to
Time to take notes!
One idea or “note” should go on each note card.
Give your note card a topic in the top left.
Use the same source number from the Works Cited card in the top right.
Example on next page
Note Cards Career Description 1 Graphic designers create logos and graphics that represent companies. They develop personalities for companies through advertisements, posters, brochures, websites, etc. (“Graphic Designer”) Topic: This is what the note is about. Source: This number corresponds to the number on your Works Cited card and shows where the information came from. Parenthetical Citation: Include the citation you would use in your paper here. Often there is an author name and page number, but citation types differ. Note: This is your research in note form. Typically one note, or one sentence, is on each card.
Note card tips
Note cards can include one of the following:
direct quotes, or
a sentence that incorporates a partial quote or quotes
Career Description 1 Graphic designers create logos and graphics that represent companies. They develop personalities for companies through visual communication. (“Graphic Designer”) Paraphrase: This type of card has information that you have put into your own words. Client Communication 1 “ Designers must find out what the client wants, who the target audience is, what kind of budget is available, and when the project must be completed.” (“Graphic Designer”) Direct Quote: Information that is copied directly from the source must have quotation marks.
Incorporating quotes Career Description 1 Functioning as “experts in visual communication,” graphic designers are called upon to “persuade, entertain, and inform the public” about a client’s product or service. (“Graphic Designer”) Incorporating quotes: This note card shows information that is both paraphrased and quoted directly in one sentence. This is an effective way to incorporate quotes in your paper.
Parenthetical citations are used in your paper to show where you got your information from.
They can vary according to the source type.
A parenthetical citation from a book may look like this: (Smith 45)
One from a website with no author may look like this: (“Graphic Designer”)
For additional information on parenthetical citations, go to http://www.chhsmediacenter.com/writing--mla.html
Career Description 1 Graphic designers create logos and graphics that represent companies. They develop personalities for companies through visual communication. (“Graphic Designer”) This parenthetical citation shows a website article with no author. Types of graphic designers 2 “ The term ‘graphic designer’ was not coined until 1922 by William Addison Dwiggins.” (Gatta, Lange, and Lyons 18) This parenthetical citation shows a book source with author and page number. Notice this number shows that it is a different source.
Teachers may require you to do note cards differently. Always check with your teacher.
If you need more help, ask your teacher, the media specialists, or go to
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