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1 How to Make Note Cards for Your Research Paper

2 What is a note card? A note card contains a selected piece of information that you intend to use in your research paper. You take notes from your sources and write these notes on index cards.

3 How do you select information for your note cards? You need to read the information in your sources with a purpose in mind. You should search for information to help support or prove your thesis statement and to develop your subtopics.

4 Thesis Statement and Subtopics Periods 2, 7, and 9 Thesis: ______ (write the name of your animal) is an endangered species and should be protected. Subtopics Description of the animal. Description of the habitat. Endangered status. Solutions.

5 Thesis Statement Periods 4 -5 Although ________ and ________ are both acceptable career choices for me based on my interests, _________ is the best choice for me overall. (1 st person allowed in intro and conclusion paragraphs)

6 Per Subtopics Basic description of each job and the expected salary and benefits Duties Working conditions Education needed for the career, time, years, cost Growth projection – How many jobs are expected in the future (at the time you will graduate from college). Suitability for your interests and abilities

7 Thesis and Subtopics Period 8 Thesis ____________ is a serious problem for teenagers, but the problem does have some viable solutions.

8 Period 8 Subtopics First you will need to narrow and focus your topic, then… Describe the problem: general description What are the causes of the problem? What are the effects of the problem? What are the possible solutions? Describe solutions in detail or several in less detail. Evaluate the solutions. How effective do you suppose they would be and why

9 What do you do after you find information for your note cards? The first thing you will need to decide is whether you are going to… Summarize (put information in your own words, but make it shorter) Paraphrase (put information in your own words but keep it about the same length) or Quote (copy directly from the source and use quotation marks)

10 What do you do after you find information for your note cards? After you summarize, paraphrase or quote the information, you must make sure you document it and show which source it came from.

11 What should my note cards look like? Subtopic Note – One piece of information per card. All info on the card must be from the same source and about the subtopic you wrote on the top of the card. Name of source and page number from the source Your initials

12 Sample Note Card- Quote Farm Animals Mistreated “Animals on factory farms live in grossly overcrowded, filthy pens.” Source A, p. 2 CT

13 Sample Note Card - Summary Vegetarians – Lower Cost of Eating Going vegetarian can cost less than eating meat. Compare ten dollars worth of meat to ten dollars worth of vegetables, beans, or grains to see the difference. Source B, page 3 CT

14 Sample Note Card - Summary Solutions for Endangered Owls A dozen or so rescued Burrowing Owls have a sanctuary on an abandoned racetrack near Wal-Mart in Moose Jaw, Sask., Many visitors, including famous people, watch the owls. Baby owls bred on the site are released into the wild. Source C, p. 1 CT

15 Source Citation Chliboyko, Jim. Canadian Geographic: May2007 Special Issue, Vol. 127, p17-17.


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