As students we all use the library.
Like most I like to think that being half way through my second year, I’m pretty confident in finding the what I need.
Last week however out tutor arranged a specialist session with Chris out librarian. I went asking myself “is this really needed?”
The simple answer is yes! He explained that research is not just about knowing where to look for information, its about the way you think about what you look for.
Lateral thinking is key, along with organising what you find.
After the class session I booked for a one and one meeting. I came out not only feeling positive about going forward, but excited.
Here are some tips on starting the planning and organisation process.
One Note: I love one note! It’s a one spot shop for keeping notes on everything
It allows you to keep your research organised. You can easily copy links of articles that interest you or quickly note a thought.
Apps are available for all devices and online which sync up so no matter where you are, you can access what you need.
Make a note of key words to search for.
This list should expand as your research grows.
If there are words which keep coming up make a note of it.
When using e-resources in the Uni library there will be the official Harvard citation available.
If you find something of interest dont just note the article note the citation as well. It will save time later
Keep an open mind
At this early stage don’t dismiss anything. We are told time and time again that our initial idea and final piece of work will probably be quite different.
The key will be to think laterally not literally. In reality there may not be exactly what you need, so break it down into sections then try and join the dots. It will also help with analysis.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
After seeing how much time my other half has given to his research, and speaking to my tutors start the research as soon as you can. There’s not way it can be done with only weeks to spare.