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Organizing Your Research

Suggested Information to Track

Keeping a research diary can help you organize your literature searching time so that you don't duplicate searches, feel lost or overwhelmed and can help you to be a more efficient and successful searcher.

  • Date
  • Topic
  • Where you searched (Library Catalog, ERIC, Google Scholar, etc.)
  • Keywords or keyword phrases you used
  • Limits you used
  • Number of results
  • Subject terms you found
  • New keywords you encountered
  • Key authors
  • Key journals


Research Diary Templates

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