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Taking notes while you read is just as important as the process of reading. A good set of notes will help you organize your thoughts, remember what you read days later, and provide the exact information you need while you are writing your paper.
One way to help track your sources is to create an index card for each idea. Each card would include a fact, quote, paraphrase, or summary from one source as evidence you may use in your literature review. By keeping separate notecards for each idea (you may have several notecards from each source), it makes it easier to organize your sources within your writing and within your reference list.
Software called citation managers can help you save, organize, and share research and citations.
A citation manager allows you to:
Once you import a citation, you can:
There are several brands of citation managers like Mendeley, EndNote, and RefWorks. Forsyth Library supports the free, open-source, citation manager called Zotero.
Step 1: Install Zotero
You will need to download and install 2 pieces for Zotero to work correctly. Use the link above to download the following:
Step 2: Create a Zotero Account
Create a Zotero account in order to sync your Zotero library between multiple computers
Step 3: Use Zotero
View the video links and instructions below to familiarize yourself with Zotero and its features