Senior Project: Sourcecards and Notecards by NLCP


									                                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.)

                                                                                             Blue (etc.)
      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, For information on
          internet-based research, refer to MLA’s own and frequently updated site,

          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

      Author’s last name                                                              Blue1 (etc.)

      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


        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.

                                               Notecard Sample
                (This sample is from the above-listed source. Notice the exactness of the citation

Sohmer                                                                                                   Blue1

―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?

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