Managing and organising the information

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Finding the information

When researching an essay, a useful starting point is to take a look at the Help and Training page provided by the library. From here you can:

Staying in charge

The extract below from our Writing Essays study guide suggests ways of managing and organising the information which you find:

...there is scope for developing efficiency in several ways:
  • making intelligent decisions, based on your initial planning, about which sources to target, so you don’t spend time reading less relevant, or even completely irrelevant material;
  • reading with a purpose, so that you are looking out for particularly relevant material, rather than paying equal attention to material that is less relevant;
  • systematic note taking, so that you record the most relevant material, and that you have full reference details (including page numbers of direct quotes) of all material you may end up using.

For more in-depth advice on this stage of essay writing including critical reading, various note-making methods and avoiding plagiarism, see the resources below.

Improving your reading skills study guide
What is critical reading? study guide
Effective note making study guide
Analysing academic sources template
Thought mapping study guide
Mind mapping by Tony Buzan YouTube video
Avoiding plagiarism online tutorial
Avoiding plagiarism study guide