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Organising  Your Sources  
Organising your sources

Now that you have some idea of how to take notes effectively, as well as strategies you can use to minimise unintentional plagiarism, start thinking about organisation and management of your information. For example, using research logs or bibliographic software.

Plan ahead. What do you intend to do with the notes you take, and how do you intend to use them?

Think about the following:

  • Are your notes going to be on paper, or will you be using an electronic device?
  • What are you going to do with your paper notes or electronic files?
  • Are you going to have a filing system?
  • How do you intend to keep track of the information you have collected?
  • How are you going to retrieve the information when you need it?
It is important to have your notes well organised for when you need to compile your reference list or bibliography...
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