The purpose of note cards in research writing is to help you organize your evidence as you find it. (Evidence is anything that supports your thesis—especially quotations, text summaries and facts.) The note card provides all the critical information about that piece of evidence: where you found it, how it supports your thesis and of course the evidence itself. The great thing about digital note cards is that when you are ready to insert a quote into your paper, all you have to do is copy and past it from the note card into the body of your essay. And, when the time comes to compile your works cited page, you just copy and paste the source citations from each note card and alphabetize them on your works cited page.
An Explanation of the Digital Note Card:
Outline position (Roman Numeral and title): Eventually, you will able link this note to a specific point. When writing your outline, you can add the specific spot this is used in your outline. Until that time, leave this blank.
Source Citation:Following MLA 2009 standards, completely cite the source you are using. Remember: the databases provide citations that you can copy and paste. HINT: Once you write the citation on one note card, you can easily cut and paste it into any other note cards for the same source.
Evidence (quotation, summary, fact): This is where you actually take notes. If it is a quote or data, you can cut and paste. Otherwise, you should be summarizing and paraphrasing. Don't forget to include the page number(s) if using a print source.
How this supports my thesis: This should be one to two sentences showing the relationship between this note and your thesis statement.