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Researching with Bib Cards

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Nancy Nelson

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Creating Bib and Note Cards for Research
Ms. N. C. Nelson
What is a Bib Card?
A bibliography (source) card is a 3” x 5” lined index card on which you write your source information.
What is a Note Card?
A note card is a 3 X 5 lined index card on which you take notes from each source for your research paper.
Note Cards
A note card has only one idea on EACH card !

EVERY piece of information even if it is from the same source will have its own note card!
List films by their title. Include the name of the director, the distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name. Use the abbreviation perf. to head the list. End the entry with the appropriate medium of publication (e.g. DVD, VHS, Laser disc).
Personal interviews refer to those interviews that you conduct yourself. List the interview by the name of the interviewee. Include the descriptor Personal interview and the date of the interview.

Purdue, Pete. Personal interview. 1 Dec. 2000.

Basic Format for Bib Card:

Lastname, Firstname.
Title of Book
. City of
Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.
Medium of Publication.
Basic Information Needed from Web Sites
Bib Cards will keep you organized and help you complete your Works Cited page.

Each Bib Card has 3 main parts:
Source 3

Hughes, Langston.
Best Short Stories by Negro Writers:

An Anthology from 1899 to Present
. New York:

Random House, 1996. Print.
803.3 Bes

KCHS Library
Source Number

Once you have all of your sources, you will put them in alphabetical order according to the first word on your card when you organize your work cited page.

MLA Documentation
You must give proper credit to all sources to avoid plagiarism. Write all important information down on your source card in MLA format (author's name, title of source, place of publication etc.).
Source Location
SOURCE NUMBER: taken from source card, each note card will be numbered with alphabetical reference
Insert quote or paraphrased comment
Source PAGE NUMBER for quote or
Information Found on Note Cards
Each card has 4 main parts:
1. Source Number
2. Topic Heading
3. Body
4. Page Number of Source

Source #: 3 A
The 3 represents the 3rd source
you have used, while the "A" represents that this is the first note card you have taken for this source.
Source #: 3 A
Hughes' Poetry
The topic is found on the first line on the left-hand side
Your topics will or should relate to your outline for your paper.
BODY of Note Cards
The BODY of the note card can be a
direct quote or can be a paraphrase
of the information you plan to use.
Direct quotes MUST
have quotation marks.
Hughes' Poetry
"Hughes' poetry is an example of innovative
and influential art of the Harlem
Noting the source location information allows you to go back and reuse your sources with ease.

If you are using a web site, you should include the URL information here and the date that you accessed the site the first time.
Author's Name and Page Number of Source
(Hughes 83)
This information becomes critical for documenting in-text parenthetical citations
Books with 2 Authors
Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner.
Allyn and Bacon Guide
to Peer Tutoring
. Boston: Allyn
2000. Print.
Book With 3 or More Authors
If there are more than three authors, you may choose to list only the first author followed by the phrase et al. in place of the subsequent authors' names, or you may list all the authors in the order in which their names appear on the title page.

(Note that there is a period after “al” in “et al.”

Also note that there is never a period after the “et” in “et al.”).
Wysocki, Anne Frances, et al.
Writing New Media: Theory
and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of
Logan: Utah State UP, 2004. Print.
Wysocki, Anne Frances, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cynthia L.
Selfe, and Geoffrey Sirc.
Writing New Media: Theory
and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of
Logan: Utah State UP, 2004. Print.
Author and/or editor names (if available)
Article name in quotation marks (if applicable)
Title of the Website, project, or book in italics. (Remember that some Print publications have Web publications with slightly different names. They may, for example, include the additional information or otherwise modified information, like domain names [e.g. .com or .net].)
Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.
Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.
Take note of any page numbers (if available).
Medium of publication.
Date you accessed the material.
URL (if required, or for your own personal reference; MLA does not require a URL).

Citing an Entire Web Site
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site.
Version number. Name of institution/organization
affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of
resource creation (if available). Medium of publication.
Date of access.
The Purdue OWL Family of Sites
. The
Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue
and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 07 Jan.
A Page on a Web Site
For an individual page on a Web site, list the author or alias if known, followed by the information covered above for entire Web sites. Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given.
"How to Make Vegetarian Chili."
Demand Media, n.d. Web. 22 Dec.
Database Online
Cite articles from an online database as you would a print source.
Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth
Century England.”
Historical Journal
50.1 (2007):
173-96. Web. 27 May 2009.
Number the cards as you choose your sources.
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