Fact or Statistic:
A note card can record a brief fact or statistic that you want to remember.
Do not write a complete sentence when you record such information.
Source number that
corresponds to a number
on a bibliography
This card records a
Page number in source
(the A refers to the first
section in the newspaper)
Sometimes you will find a writer’s words so vivid or effective that you decide
you might want to quote it in your paper. On your note card, copy the quote
exactly---word for word---just as the writer wrote it, and enclose the quoted
material in large quotation marks (large so that you remember the wording isn’t
yours!). In general, direct quotes should be brief and should be used sparingly
throughout the paper.
This card contains
a direct quote.
When you paraphrase, you restate the writer’s ideas in your own words. A
paraphrase briefly covers every idea in the same order as in the original. Even
though you are not copying the writer’s exact words, you are “kidnapping” the
writer’s ideas, and unless you give credit to the original writer, you are plagiarizing.
You will need to cite the author and the page number in your paper if you
paraphrase that author’s thoughts or ideas.
Belief that drives West’s work
“Aging is killing everyone. . . . Immortality has been
worshipped since ancient times,” says Michael West,
explaining his interest in the science of cloning.