Taking information from your sources and making it
YOUR SOURCE LIST
By now you should have decided on a topic and
started collecting sources.
As you collect your sources copy citations or use
easybib.com to create citations into a Word
When you have collected all 5 sources, arrange
them in alphabetical order and assign each one a
PREVIEW YOUR SOURCE
Look over your source for length, title, headings,
See where you think the information you need
Mark these sections to go back and read carefully.
SKIM YOUR SOURCE
Pick up your first source and skim it for key words.
Read the first sentence of each paragraph.
Mark the parts you think will contain information you
will want to use in your paper.
Read the portions of your source that you have
chosen carefully with an eye for taking notes.
If possible, highlight or mark the passages you want
to use in your paper.
PREPARE YOUR NOTE CARD
Main Idea (What is this card about?)
Body of Notes: In your own words write one idea
per card. Write only on one side of the card. Do
not use complete sentences. If you are copying
directly from your source, use quotation marks.
Page number if a print source
Paraphrasing is a valuable skill because...
it is better than quoting information from an
it helps you control the temptation to quote too
the mental process required for successful
paraphrasing helps you to grasp the full meaning of
A paraphrase is...
Information or ideas from a source put into your
one legitimate way (when accompanied by a
citation) to borrow from a source.
Use phrases instead of sentences on your note
4 STEPS TO EFFECTIVE PARAPHRASING
1. Reread the original passage until you understand its
2. Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a
3. Check your rendition with the original to make sure
that your version accurately expresses all the essential
information in a new form.
4. Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or
phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source.