When you are involved in a lengthy research project you will want to stay organized.
Useful strategies can include:
- Starting with a concept map to visually explore topic.
- Using a research strategy worksheet to explore terms and strategies.
- Keeping track of what you have searched and in what databases/resources:
- Create a vendor account (EBSCO, ProQuest, Google Scholar) to save results, save search strategies, and more to the cloud.
- Remember to log in when using the product so your results are saved in your account.
- Create a research log -- use Word or similar.
- It is useful to note: database/search engine used, terms searched, etc.
- Sample: Library Research Log (Template developed by Ms. Glenn Ellen Starr-Stilling)
- Using Zotero or similar citation management software to capture citations, pdfs, create bibliographies and more.
- Creating a source matrix which allows you to summarize key facts and then review them in summary form.