When doing research it is important to keep track of sources right from the start.
- Skim the source to see if it will be relevant to your topic
- If it is a book, consult the table of contents or index to find related information
- At the top of the note card, write down the reference using the style required for the course (APA, MLA, Chicago)
- Underneath, note in point form the specific topics the source covers
- Also note relevant page numbers and how you found the source
Example Reference note card (APA)
Research paper topic: How to write an academic paper
Walker, L. J. S. & Schonwetter, D. J. (2003). Success secrets of university students. Toronto: Prentice-Hall.
- See chapter 8: Academic Writing pp 173-197
- Esp. acknowledging work of others and writing process
- Great timeline (p. 184) & evaluation tool (p. 191)
- Course textbook
- **note: when referencing, cite chapter author: L. Taylor