Research Notes Worksheet for Students

Research Notes Worksheet Sample

Title: ________________________________________

Author(s): ____________________________________

Publication: ___________________________________

Page Numbers: ________________________________

Date: ________________________________________

Main point of the article: __________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Quotes, paraphrase or notes that support the main idea (note page numbers). 1.______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

2. ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

3. ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Other Notes: ____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________


Let’s say your paper is about how you believe that media images of ultra-thin models contribute to eating disorders in females. This is what a body paragraph might look like, using the research sandwich method:

Your words

If young girls are constantly exposed to pictures of beautiful, thin women, they might think that they must conform to this ideal to be considered attractive and become unhappy with their bodies.


One study found that exposure to media images decreases body satisfaction in girls (Wertheim et al, 47). Researcher James Thomas states that this body dissatisfaction occurs when “the individual accepts societal views of ideal weight and attractiveness and acts in a certain way to achieve the ideal body.

Your words

When girls are not happy with the way they look, they may turn to crash diets or other unhealthy eating habits in order to try and conform to an unrealistic standard of beauty.

A research sandwich can stand alone as a paragraph, or you can put two or three together if the ideas are closely related to form one longer paragraph.

It’s important to include smooth transitions from one “sandwich” to the next. Sometimes this can be accomplished in the concluding sentence of the sandwich, or in the next topic sentence, but be sure you think about the transition so your paper doesn’t seem to jump from topic to topic.

Sandwich Worksheet – Topic 1

Working Thesis: _______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

Your Words (Topic sentence with your opinion): _____________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Research (Direct quote or paraphrase):______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Your Words (Analysis, summary or transition): ______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

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Research Sources for Research Paper

Where do I find Research Sources?

–  Academic search engines. Many schools and libraries subscribe to academic search engines such as EBSCO or Academic Search Premiere or InfoTrac. These search engines filter results so you only get academic sources that you can be sure are appropriate sources.
– This search engine, available to anyone, also filters results so you only get academic sources. Not every source listed is available online.
–  Library. Print sources from your school or public library that you can’t get online are available here. Asking a librarian for help is a great resource.
–  Internet search. Using a regular search engine such as google or yahoo can turn up appropriate sources, but you have to be very careful to make sure your source is appropriate for an academic research paper.

How do I tell which sources I can use?

–  The best sources are peer reviewed. This means that an article was written by an expert in the field, and reviewed for accuracy by other experts. You will find peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals.
–  Consider where the information is coming from. Is it from a respected magazine or newspaper? Is it from a journal or reference book? Avoid blogs, personal websites, or work that has not been reviewed or edited.
–  A source should not have an agenda or bias. Avoid sources trying to sell a product or promote a certain idea.

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