-is your topic too broad or too narrow?
-is there enough factual information on the topic?
-are you interested in this topic?
-has your topic been approved by your teacher?
-break your research down by each type of source you will find, including:
-prepare a separate card for each source you find. Include on each card:
The title of the piece
Where you found it
The author’s name
-number each card in the right-hand corner and circle it for easy identification
-Use large note cards, and number these so that they correspond with the right bibliography card.
-Feel free to use more than one note card for each source, but be sure to number them.
-All notes should be in your handwriting, and each quote needs to be EXACT, and should be followed by the page number.
-write legibly, or type your notecards with a typewriter.
Prepare your paper outline (organize this by ‘Intro,’ ‘parts of body’ and ‘conclusion.’ See Appendix 10)
I. Roman numerals for topics
A. Capital letters for subtopics
1. Arabic numerals for details
a. small letters for subdetails
-As you become more aquatinted with your topic, revise your outline with more specific information.
- organize your notecards so that they are in the order of your outline
- Follow your notecards as you draft.