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Source cards

Once you determine that a source is relevant to your research, create a source card right away to keep your information organized (and to document the source properly!) A source card should contain . . .

  • All documentation information in MLA format
  • A summary of relevant information from the source
  • A relevant direct quote from the source

Be sure to number your source cards as well.  Here is an example of a source card.



Levy, Jo Ann

They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California God Rush

University of Oaklahoma Press, Norman: 1992

Laguna Creek Library (location of source)










This source is relevant to my research because




A direct quote, relevant to my research, from this source:  (Be sure to include page number on which you found the quote)