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Research Papers - Gathering Grid & Note Cards

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Research Papers, Day Five: Using a gathering grid or note cards to keep track of information

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Research Papers - Gathering Grid & Note Cards

  1. 1. RESEARCH PAPERSJANUARY 17, 2013Texas Write SourcePages 386-450
  2. 2. Gathering Details Each of the detail questions you asked in your research plan can become a paragraph in your research report. But first, you need to gather details that help you answer each of those questions. One way to organize these questions is with a gathering grid. Books & Forest Fires Periodicals Internet DVDs/CDs Encyclopedias Most occur in Where do “in boreal and dry western U.S. states. forest fires tropical forests” “The Facts of Forest occur most? wwf.org Fires” Texas Post What are the Drought, lightning, arson in settled areas, main causes of The Causes of Forest Fires man is often the fires? p. 132 cause wwf.org Planes and helicopters How can forest drop water and fires be chemicals. “Nature’s controlled? Raging Wild” Nature Video Series, DVD1
  3. 3. Using Note Cards Note cards are another way to keep track of details in your research. They’re easier to organize, and help you see your paper coming together. Summarize if you want to note the overall gist of a lot of information. Identify the most important details and write those on the note cards. Paraphrase if you want to take more detailed notes. Include specific details but put them in your own words. Record direct quotes if you think you may want to include them as evidence in your report. On the back of each card, include all necessary bibliographic information, or keep a working bibliography while you work, numbering each source and simply writing the source number on the card.
  4. 4. Bibliography Information Here is the information you need to be sure you have based on the type of source you’re using:Encyclopedia Book Author’s Name (if listed) Author’s Name Entry Title Book Title Encyclopedia Title City of Publication Edition (if given) Publisher Publication Date Copyright DateMagazine Internet Author’s Name Author’s Name (if listed) Article Title Document/Page Title & Site Title Magazine Title Site Sponsor Publication Date Date Posted or Copyright Date (if listed) Page Numbers Date FoundNewspaper Video/DVD Author’s Name Title Article Title Director’s Name (if available) Newspaper Title Distributor Publication Date Release Date Page Numbers

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