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Research Process

ORGANIZE BY...

THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU MIGHT ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION.  Please click the TABS above to learn about some of the different ways, in addition to using concept mapping (below). 

REFWORKS is a digital licensed resource provided by the University of North Dakota that will organize your citations & papers & create bibliographies!

 

ORGANIZE BY USING CONCEPT MAPPING

(As you do your research, list points you wish to make about major ideas)

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REFWORKS is a digital licensed resource provided by the University of North Dakota that will organize your citations & papers & create bibliographies.

Sign up for an account in RefWorks. 

Either drag & drop PDF articles into RefWorks (to create citations along with the articles) OR  Import/Export citations from databases into RefWorks & then also drag & drop PDF articles into RefWorks 

Organize citations into folders. 

Create bibliographies in many formats, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, & many more!

ORGANIZE BY USING AN OUTLINE

(As you do your research, list points you wish to make about major ideas)

I.

     A.

     B.

          1.

          2.

     C.

II.

     A.

     B.

     C.

III.

     A.

     B.

     C.

          1.

          2.

 

To assist with the organization of your sources, you may want to create a synthesis matrix.  Label the main ideas on the left and each source box with an author or brief title as well as the main relevant point for each source.  Below, notice a sample synthesis matrix and a synthesis matrix worksheet.

TOPIC:

  Source #1 Source #2 Source #3 Source #4
Main Idea #1

 
       
Main Idea #2

 
       
Main Idea #3

 
       
Main Idea #4

 
       

Adapted by Central Michigan University Off-Campus Library Services from NC State University Writing and Speaking Tutorial Service, Writing A Literature Review and Using a Synthesis Matrix. 2006. Retrieved Sept. 29,2010 from http://www.ncsu.edu/tutorial_center/writespeak/download/Synthesis.pdf  Now located at http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/186/143268/Matrix_template.doc

Place citations and information on note cards.  You can easily rearrange the cards if you change the order of your paper.

Easily Write College Papers & Essays with Concept Mapping (YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY THE PRODUCT)