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Organizing Your Research: Individually and with Groups
The amount of information collected by a group can quickly become unweildy unless you have a strategy for keeping it organized and identifying patterns and next steps. Here are some suggestions for staying on top.
Assigning tags to bookmarks, items in a bibliography, research notes, and documents in a collection is a fantastic way to allow yourself to sort in meaningful ways. Once you can sort, you can look for patterns and identify work that needs to be done (as well as see your progress).
Keywords to describe content
The most obvious use of tags, and the easiest to start. Perhaps the hardest to use consistently.
Words describing workflow
Tell yourself what needs to be done with items: to-read, skim bibliography, potential-data, etc.
Where in your project will you use this item: introduction, section3, methodology, lit-review, theoretical-grounding, etc.
Literature and Data Tracking Sheet
Open this spreadsheet, make yourself a copy, share with your collaborators. Use it to list all works you intend to take action on (e.g., read, skim for sources, read for methodology, etc.).
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