Do your students struggle to locate correct MLA bibliographic information when citing websites and web pages?
Are you seeking a system for collecting MLA bibliographic information that can be used with note cards, but that is more organized and efficient than a bib card?
Or maybe you’re teaching students how to use online bibliographic tools like Noodle Tools or Bib Me, but find that they are having a hard time filling in the fields correctly?
A Bibliography Information Collection Form can help!
This five-page PDF document contains spaces to collect the bibliographic information from the seven most-used sources by students:
Books (print and electronic)
Reference materials (dictionary or encyclopedia; print or online)
Magazine articles (print or online)
The five-page PDF document contains one bibliographic information record for each source. The fifth page includes an extra three website collection records, since this tends to be source students consult the most often.
This PDF document was designed with MLA format in mind. However, since the final formatting of a bibliography is up to the student, these forms could be used with any system of research and citation since all require the same basic source information.
Why use a Bibliography Information Collection Form?
~ Maybe you like students to craft a Works Cited on their own with no assistance from an online bibliography tool. An information collection form puts all of the info they need in one place. Sources can easily be matched to notes.
~ Perhaps you’re teaching your students to use online bibliography tools like Noodle Tools and Easybib. Often they struggle to find the information needed to fill in the fields of those forms – especially if they’re doing it “on the fly.” I have found that gathering the information in a Bibliography Information Collection form first
helps students to create better and more accurate citations … plus they get hands-on practice in identifying the components of a citation!
This item supports CCSS ELA Writing Standard 8 on multiple grade levels: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources.
Like the idea of a Bibliography Information Collection Form, but know that one form containing all of the seven basic citations wouldn’t work for you, because you need two of this and one of that and lots of those … ??
Then the Mix-and-Match Bibliographic Information Form
is for you! Choose only the components you need and mix-and-match them to your specific assignment. Click here to view the Mix-and-Match Bibliographic Information Form.
One area my students have always needed a little extra help with is the process of locating bibliographic information on a web site. I developed this PowerPoint Lesson and Activity on Locating Bibliographic Information on Websites
for just that purpose! Check it out!