Andrews Note cards:
(as my students
affectionately call them)
- 8 ½ x 11" Paper -
Only write in Ink! Only write on One Side:
Never put any information on the back!
Only one quote per page, which makes your quotes portable.
[Center Top] [Upper Right
Info for Works Cited Page: Idea
Author, Book, Publisher, Date, Don't put down
Internet Address, Page Number, etc. quote without
(May be abbreviated after first "card") an idea. This will
used to sort your ideas.
Background: Who, What, When, Where
Write -Give all information
necessary for understanding the quote.
Second -Write background while the material is fresh in your mind
- not a month later.
-Work on the transition into the quote,
(often with a phrase that
begins with "When").
Quote: Vivid, Interesting, Only on One Narrow Idea
Write 1. Indent 1" on the left side only and start the quote
9 or more lines down to leave room for
2. For your rough draft, make the quote a bit longer
necessary (though still on only one idea).
It can be cut later.
- This gives you more raw material to work
as you are writing your final paper.
to have all of the
to save an extra step
information on the 8 ½ x
11 in the writing
turning your "Note card"
so that you won't have to
into a rough draft.
back to the book any
more When you start on your final
paper, you can add analysis
- right on your "Note card."
Rationale for "Andrews Note card"
Tiny note cards are a pain, and are rarely used in real life by students writing
papers. 8½ x 11" paper is cheap, readily available, has plenty of space for
flexible, can be stapled or clipped together in groups of blocks,
and does not require the superior manual dexterity and long fingernails
needed to manipulate conventional 3"x 5" note