The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Worldcat Library Catalog Journal Titles

CLAS 215: Classical Myth: Organizing and Citing

Protip: Outline & Notes

As you consult your sources,  try to 'read' on multiple levels and consider what the source is saying, how it is saying it and how YOU are going to use it!

Reflective research is a powerful tool that can cut down on stress. This video outlines a simple outlining method to develop your ideas and integrate your sources as you go- which can help you identify gaps in your research, bring your sources in conversation with one another, and create a stronger paper.

General Guidelines

  • As you draft your final project, cite in-text and as you go to attribute quotes from, paraphrases of, or summaries of a source. 
    • If you create an outline, include citations in it as well so you don't need to go back to try to find what information you get from what source.
  • Often, quotes are best saved for work that you are centering and/or analyzing. If you are referencing general ideas or laying out what research has been done on this topic, paraphrases and summaries are preferred in most cases. 
  • Citation generators can be helpful, but they are often incomplete (including citations from Worldcat or other academic databases). Feel free to use these tools, but always double-check with a model from a trusted source.
    • Need help figuring out the structure of a citation or how to know what pieces of information for a citation you need and where to find them? Librarians are happy to help!