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  • 1. Note Taking 101
  • 2. Source Cards vs Note Cards
    • Source Cards –Used to cite the resource where you find information
    • Note Cards – Used to record quotes or paraphrased information you may use in your final product
  • 3. Source Cards:
    • Items that must be included on all source cards.
      • 1. Author’s full name.
        • Last name, first name.
      • 2. Title of book .
        • Title must be underlined.
      • 3. Place of publication.
        • State where it is published. City also, if it is available.
      • 4. Publisher Name.
        • Include appropriate endings. Ex. Inc., Corp., etc.
      • 5. Copyright date.
        • The most current year the book is published.
  • 4. Common Themes
    • Always begin with the author or editors name
    • Article titles are in quotations
    • Title of the book, magazine, etc. is underlined
    • They all include the copyright date.
  • 5. Books with ONE author.
    • Author’s Last Name, First Name. Name of
    • book . Place of publication: Publisher Name, Copyright date.
        • Notice the top line is at the edge and the remaining lines are indented. Use the proper punctuation between each section!
    Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the overlander. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2003. You Try
  • 6. Books with TWO authors.
    • Last name of the FIRST author that is listed, first name and First name and Last name of the second author that is listed. Title of book . Place: Publisher, Copyright.
    Notice the word AND between the two authors names. If there are more than 2 authors, use the abbreviations, et al. after the first authors name. Rochman, Hazel and Darlene McCambell. Bearing witness: stories of the holocaust . New York: Orchard Books, 1995. You Try
  • 7. Magazine Articles
    • Notice the title of the article is in quotation marks with the
    • period. There is a volume number listed so the date is in
    • parenthesis, otherwise just use the date of the magazine.
    Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Name of magazine . Volume Number (date of publication), page(s). Rushin, Steve. “A double whammy.” Sports Illustrated . Volume 103, No. 15 (October 17, 2005), 19. You Try
  • 8. Internet Source Author’s last name, first name. “Document title.” Web site or database title . Date of electronic publication. Name of sponsoring institution. Date information was accessed. <URL> Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory . 28 Nov. 2003. Purdue University. 10 May 2006. <http://www.cla.purdue.edu>. You must list your date of access because web postings are often updated. Be sure to include the complete address for the site. You Try Answer
  • 9. Note Cards:
    • Explain details
    • Give an example
    • Summarize information
  • 10. Note Card
    • Slug: top line of card, is the topic of the note card
    • Source Number: Upper right corner, it is circled
    • Note is in the middle of the card
    • Author’s last name, page number: lower left hand corner
  • 11. Sample Note Card
      • Slug : Topic/Subject of Card
      • Notes belong in the middle section. They should be complete thoughts about the topic of the card and should not be copied directly from the book. You should always summarize and paraphrase in your own words.
      • Author’s last name, page #
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  • 12. Sample Direct Quote Card
      • Slug : Topic/Subject of Card
      • “A note for a direct quotation changes nothing
      • from the source. Spelling, punctuation,
      • words—everything must be on the card exactly
      • as it appears in the source.” (109)
      • Author’s last name, page #
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  • 13. Sample Paraphrase Card
      • Slug : Topic/Subject of Card
      • A good paraphrase is about the same length as
      • the original, simplifies the language, presents
      • the same ideas in the same order, maintains the
      • same tone, delivers the same message, but avoids the
      • same phrases. (114)
      • Author’s last name, page #
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  • 14. Sample Summary Card
      • Slug : Topic/Subject of Card
      • Main idea in own words
      • Includes only essentials
      • Generalizations
      • Not supporting details
      • Short
      • Reduced text
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  • 15. Book with 1 Author Title Page Answer
  • 16. Books with ONE author. Bergman, Tamar. Along the tracks . Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1988.
  • 17. Book with 2 Authors Title Page Answer
  • 18. Books with TWO authors. DeSaix, Deborah and Karen Ruelle. Hidden on the mountain . New York: Holiday House, 2007.
  • 19. Magazine Article Answer Author: Yuri Kozrev
  • 20. Magazine Articles Kozyrev, Yuri. “Postcard: basra.” Time . Volume 172, No. 15 (October 13, 2008), 8.
  • 21. Internet Site Browder, Dewey. “Double victory: minorities and women during world war II.” ABC- CLIO Schools . 26 September 2007. ABC- CLIO Schools. 3 November 2008. < www.historyandtheheadlines. abc - clio .com> .
  • 22. Source Card Format Author’s Last Name, First Name. Name of book . Place of publication: Publisher Name, Copyright date. Last name of the FIRST author that is listed, first name and First name and Last name of the second author that is listed. Title of book . Place: Publisher, Copyright. Author’s last name, first name. “Document title.” Web site or database title . Date of electronic publication. Name of sponsoring institution. Date information was accessed. <URL> Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Name of magazine . Volume Number (date of publication), page(s). 1 Author 2 Authors Website Magazine