North Lawndale College Prep Charter HS, 2009-2010
Senior Project: Sourcecard and Notecard Template and Samples
Ian Taylor, Veriner Hubbard-James, and Barry McRaith
Sourcecard Template (3‖ by 5‖ card, one for each source, MLA style required, label each in Upper Right corner Blue through however many colors you need – one color for each source.)
On the top half of the card, using Modern Language Association (MLA) style, write the citation for the source. You must include all MLA-required information. For assistance in learning MLA style and the required information, refer to the University of Illinois’ helpful site, http://www.cws.uiuc.edu/workshop/writers/citation/mla/. For information on internet-based research, refer to MLA’s own and frequently updated site, http://www.mla.org/publications/style/style_faq/style_faq4. On the bottom half and/or the backside of the card, using complete sentences, write a brief summary of the value of this source for your driving question.
Notecard Template (3‖ by 5‖ card, one for each citation, author and title on top, label each card in Upper Right corner Blue1 through…)
Author’s last name
On the top half of the card, provide an exact word-for-word citation, enclosed by quotation marks and followed by the page number(s) of the citation in parentheses.
On the bottom half and backside of the card, provide the most important part — your thoughts on how this citation might be helpful to (1) your growing understanding of your topic and/or (2) an answer to your driving question.
Sample Driving Question: ―Why has Shakespeare maintained such relevance 400 years later?‖ Sourcecard Sample
(This sample is from an online journal article, copyright to the MLA’s website. Notice the double-spacing and hanging indent of the citation.)
Sohmer, Steve. "12 June 1599: Opening Day at Shakespeare's Globe." Early Modern LiteraryStudies 3.1 (1997): 46 pars. 26 June 2002 <http://www.shu.ac.uk/emls/03-1/sohmjuli.html>.
Presented in a numbered list format, complete with lots of cited details, this source is very helpful to my understanding of the history and atmosphere within the Globe Theatre: how the common citizens behaved, what they expected from a play during Shakespeare’s time, and the role of religion amidst all the frivolity. I may be able to use citations from this source to help create a strong sense of atmosphere in my essay.
(This sample is from the above-listed source. Notice the exactness of the citation punctuation.)
―The Globe was built from the existing, pre-cut timbers of the old Theatre which were apparently in situ [on site] on the Bankside when the lease was signed‖ (online article: no page number) One thing I’ve begun to think more about is how Shakespeare’s plays, and just plays in general, have maintained popularity against such extraordinary competition from radio, television, movies, the internet… One way I can demonstrate that incredible contrast and longevity is by using this citation. This citation illustrates that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, opening in 1599, was probably built from recycled trees lying on the site. How do Shakespeare’s language and themes last from the time of old trees lying around four hundred years ago through to now, when fashion, for example, often doesn’t last beyond several months?