Skills Lesson: Gathering Information Practice

Internet citation tools are useful because they

organize your source information into proper MLA format

If you wanted to create an annotated bibliography, what would you need to do?

To create an annotated bibliography, you would need to begin by gathering all your source information. In an annotated bibliography, you need to include each source, written in proper MLA format, that you will likely use for your research paper. In addition, for each source you must write a summary and some sort of commentary for each source. You can include paraphrases or quotations that seem especially helpful. Essentially, the annotated bibliography is a streamlined way to keep track of all your sources so you do not have to rifle through all your notes each time you want to find out what a particular source has to offer to the end research project.

Explain the difference between a quotation, a paraphrase, and a summary

Quotations, paraphrases, and summaries should all be used during the research process, but it is vital to know the difference between the three. A quotation is the exact words from a source. If you ever write down a quotation from a source, you need to make sure that you write quotation marks around every part of the excerpt that is directly quoted. A paraphrase is also a source excerpt, but it is written in your own words. A summary is much shorter than either a quotation or a paraphrase. It contains the main ideas of a source in your own words.

Which phrase best describes a "research log"?

a day-by-day record of the research process

When keeping track of source information during the research process, what pieces of information should you record?

The most important information to record, which will avoid trouble later, is the author, title (of the piece, publication, or website), publisher, copyright date, date accessed (for Internet sources only), the location of the source (in case you want to find it again), the volume, issue, edition, and page number (for print sources) or URL (for Internet sources).

The purpose of a note card in the index-card method of note-taking is to record __________

quotations, paraphrases, summaries, and personal comments

Create an entry for an annotated bibliography for the above passage.

#1 Saricks, Joyce G. The Reader's Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction. Chicago: American Library Association, 2001. 186. Print.Summary: This passage is an introduction to the "Psychological Suspense" genre.Commentary: I find this passage interesting because it relates books to movies in a way that makes sense to me. Also, I like the definition that the author uses to explain "psychological suspense." She calls it "horror + suspense," making use of two genre terms that are more familiar to people than her term "psychological suspense.

Which of the following is possible when using the cybercard method of note-taking?

I, II, and III

Create a bibliographic card and a matching note card for the above passage.

Bibliographic CardSource number: 1Saricks, Joyce G. The Reader's Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction. Chicago: American Library Association, 2001. 186. Print.Note CardSource number: 1Heading: Definition of Psychological SuspenseText: "These are books that play with our minds, that create frisson of unease, that blend the creepiness generated by the Horror genre with the tension inherent in Suspense."Page number: 186

The purpose of a bibliographic card in the index-card method of note-taking is to record __________.

MLA-style source information