Reader's & Writer's Notebook: Research


Sample Research Response



Entry Date: September 4, 2017
Focus:  Researching Connections to Moby Dick  by Herman Melville- Source # 1
MLA Citation for the source

Title/Main Idea for Source

P ARAPHRASE OR SUMMARY - Briefly summarize what this source is about. (You can bullet this if you'd like.) 

DIRECT QUOTATION- Copy/paste interesting passages directly from your source into your notebook. 

ORIGINAL THINKING - Bullet questions, connections and/or comments that occurred to you as you read this source.




Research Notes

Using the resources of our class website and our Library Media Center, begin your research.  You must find at least three valid, reliable and accurate sources which connect to the  ideas you identified in your notebook. 

Once you identify a source, read it through and then hold on to your thinking. Your options for holding your thinking include:

• Entries  in your notebook (as noted in the sample above)

 • Noodletools notecards

 • Gale Resources - Highlighting/Notes downloaded to your Google Drive and added to your Reader's & Writer's Notebook folder.

Our library media center has many resources to help you with this stage of the research process and beyond. To access these resources, click here.

Lastly, don't forget to: "Go with the flow!" As you read through different research sources, you will discover new questions or connections. Follow these ideas and sources wherever they lead.