Step 3: MLA Note & Bibliography Cards Required for your research paper
Research Requirements • Minimum of four sources • All sources must be accompanied by a bibliography notecard. • Minimum of twelve notecards. • At least two newspaper articles • At least one internet source (credible) • At least one hard copy book • No encyclopedias (including Wikipedia)
1. The Title Card For submitting your work
1. The Title Card • When you submit your notecards, the first card of your stack MUST appear as follows:
2. Notecards To organize your research
What is a notecard? • an index card onto which you will record the information you will use for your paper
Notecards: • contain information from your sources • may paraphrase the information (put into your own words) • may also copy the information verbatim (word for word) • If copying, use quotation marks!
3. Bibliography cards for keeping track of your sources
What is a bibliography card? • contain all of the publication information from your sources. • must assume the proper MLA format • will eventually be used to form your Works Cited page • Works Cited page is what we commonly think of as a bibliography. • put all of your bibliography cards in alphabetical order • Then type the information exactly as it appears on the cards.
How do I submit my notecards? • First, put them in order alphabetical order by the author’s last name. • Put the bibliography cards underneath the notecards in alphabetical order. • Put a title card on top of the stack.
Title Card The first card in your stack
Notecards The next cards in your stack
Bibliography cards The last cards in your stack
Research Requirements • Minimum of four sources • All sources must be accompanied by a bibliography notecard. • Minimum of twelve notecards. • At least two newspaper articles • At least one internet source • At least one hard copy book • No encyclopedias (including Wikipedia)
Your Internet Sources How to determine their credibility
8 Ways to Determine Credibility on the Internet • Accuracy - Is the website free from errors? Can the information be verified offline? Is the information from the site reliable? • Authority – Who authored the site? Is contact information provided for that person or organization? • Objectivity – What are the author’s credentials, qualifications and affiliations? Is the website recommended by a trusted source?
8 Ways continued • Currency – Is the information up-to-date? • Coverage – Is the information comprehensive or in-depth? • Reliability - Do not trust a site that is not designed well and does not look well-maintained. For instance, sloppy appearance (colors and fonts) and broken links
8 Ways Final • Objectivity - Be aware of false objectivity. Look for biases and attempt to influence the intended audience or purpose of the article that is under consideration • Citations - Look for citations, especially in instances where there is statistical data