The "Note Card System" can be very useful
when it comes to organizing information for a term paper or even a short two or three page paper.
By using this system, you create note cards from blank 3x5 or 5x7 index cards that you fill with information pertinent to the subject that you are researching. The organization of the information can readily be adapted to use with word processing...
In the upper left corner of the card, "code" the topic of your paper, and where in the outline it may fall
In the upper right corner, place the author's name and/or title and page number
In the body of the card, enter one single fact or thought you'd like to include in your paper
Make sure the information is expressed in
your own words,
unless it is a quotation;
Use good sentence structure:
this will save you time when you start to write the paper
Organize the cards to coincide with the outline of your paper
Write the term paper following this
Use topical, concluding, and transitional sentences to link the information on the cards
Keep a separate set of cards
with the complete information of books, magazines, films, etc. These will be used for entering footnotes and endnotes, and when compiling the bibliography