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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.
- 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 Worksheet
A sample diary page to download and customize. Add/remove rows and modify as you wish.
Tracking a Lit Review
A simple spreadsheet that you can recreate in Google Sheets or save locally on your computer. Modify as you wish.
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