Source Citation Forms

Each fall our fifth graders go through the research process and write a research paper. They are charged with avoiding plagiarism and citing their sources. In past years the students have collected the information needed in a citation and then created a handwritten bibliography page.

But let’s be realistic. Knowing the parts of a citation and the reasons for including the information are far less important in the digital age than knowing where the periods, semi colons, and underlining belong. NoodleTools, Easy Bib, and Citation Maker in the upper grades and college have taken over. This year, instead of spending time getting classes of 10 year-olds to correctly space and punctuate their bibliography, I get to spend my time in other areas of the research process.

For source citation, I used some resources at Citation Maker and modified them to fit my space requirements. Students fill out one citation slip for each resource. In their research packets we provided them with two pages for the slips to be taped or glued.

I’m including my copies of the forms I’m using with students. On each I starred the information I consider required. If students go above and beyond and can fill out the entire slip then kudos to them! There are five forms for the sources listed above. The final page is one for student names and can be copied on the reverse side. I’d love to get video slips added, but haven’t quite made it…. when I do, I have room to add them in purple to the chart.

I’d like to keep these stocked in the library and invite teachers in 4th and 5th grade to use them for most research assignments. Students can staple the slips to their work or glue them on a source page.

Download @ Google Drive

November 1, 2012
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  • Reply Annette

    Really nice. Our teacher use something similar. I think this is another indication of how technology has changed things. Just because WE had to memorize where all the periods and spaces and underlines go, doesn’t mean today’s students need to. We are all about citation generators. The hard part now (which I never had to deal with in my day) is choosing the right form. Web page? Database? On-line journal? Ever been in print? All those questions are really difficult to answer sometimes!

    November 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply Carolyn

      The one I created for “online database/encyclopedia” was the most challenging. There are so many choices out there! I combined the two in a way that I think makes sense for elementary students.

      November 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply By Amy B.

    Thank you for sharing your citation slips. I am beginning my citing resources lessons with my fourth graders and these will remind them to cite as they go along.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:52 am
    • Reply Carolyn

      You’re welcome! Let me know how they work for you. I’m excited to see if my teachers will start to use them independently with projects or if it will always be seen as a “library thing.”

      November 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Livi

    I have been looking all over for something just like this! This is amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    September 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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