Writing a Research Paper. Organize the following materials before you begin:. One file folder Note cards Tape Pencils Pens Highlighters. The File Folder. The file folder will keep your note cards organized and will keep them from getting lost.
Step 1: Label the tab with your name, your homeroom teacher’s name, and your room number.
Step 2: Write the subject of your report on the front cover.
Step 3: Open your folder and place two cards on the left hand side and two more cards on the right hand side. Then tape down the sides and bottom of each card leaving the top open. When you’re finished, you should have four “pockets” to hold all of your research note cards.
Your sources can come from any of the sources listed on your MLA format paper.
You must use three different types of sources but may use more than one of one type.
The following is an example of sources one student might use:
interview with an expert
Author (if known). “Document Title.” Web Site or Database Title. Date of
electronic publication. Name of Sponsoring Institution. Date information
was accessed <URL>.
Kelly, S.H. “Tanker ‘Lets No One Down’ in Bloody Fight.” ArmyLINKNews. January 1997. U.S. Army Public Affairs. 28 Nov. 2003 <http://www.dtic.mil/armylink/news/Jan1997/a19970113761st.html>.
Refer to your MLA sheet for the correct format for your other source cards.