Research Papers Notecards
Taking Notes • Summary: a brief restatement of only the most important points of a source • Paraphrase: restates a source’s ideas completely and is, therefore, about the same length as the original • Direct Quotation: the writer’s exact words inside quotation marks
Taking Notes • How do I know what to write? • Write down facts, statistics, examples, comparisons, and quotations that help answer your research question. • If you’re debating whether something is important enough to write down, ask yourself these 2 questions. If you answer “yes” to both, write it down! • Does the information relate to my research question? • Will the information interest my audience or give them a clearer understanding of my topic?
Making Notecards • What to write on your index card: • The source number (in the upper right-hand corner). If you took the notes from source #2, put a #2 in the corner. • A category. • Your notes. Summarize, paraphrase, or quote directly. • The page number(s) (at the bottom).
Making Notecards • Categories: • Label each card with a category that tells the type of information it provides. • When you find information about the same part of your topic, you will give it the same category label. • Example: 761st Tank Battalion student used these categories: Background, Training, Early Battles, Later Battles.
Sample Notecard Students are arrested Source #1 In February 1943, the students were seen handing out pamphlets by a janitor at the University of Munich. He reported the students to the Gestapo. Page 2