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American Studies

Bibliographic Management Systems

Handwritten notes are great (as long as they're complete!), but if you want something a little more searchable, re-usable, and less easily lost, here are some options. If these don't meet your needs, come talk to me, or just use handwritten notes. Whatever you do, make sure you keep GOOD notes. There's nothing more frustrating than writing up your paper and realizing you missed the volume number on a journal citation or the publish information on a book citation and having to backtrack. We've all done it, and it's not fun!

Saving web sources

Keeping Useful Notes

You don't have to print everything you read! The tools below can help you accomplish your research far more quickly while at the same time help you to find the really key resources and make key connections between them. If these exact worksheets don't click for you, use them to help you come up with your own method of tracking the sources and terms you find.