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Be Organized!

Before you do anything, figure out how you will organize your research. Some suggestions:

Concept Mapping is a great way to organize your thoughts and map out ideas.

Dropbox is a cloud based storage solution.  You can access your files anywhere (as long as you have an internet connection).  First 2GB free!

EndNote is a bibliographic citation management software. UNCC has licenses for EndNote available to all students. Don't know how to use it? Take EndNote101 at the Library for free!

Google Docs can be used to store notes and ideas, to create a presentation, and to share documents - and it can be accessed wherever you have an internet connection.

Zotero is a free open-source citation management tool that lets you save articles, websites, and other materials.  There are useful tutorials for getting starting and maximizing this resource.  Zotero needs to be installed on your computer. 

Citations help you find information and images again - check out the UNCC citation guide HERE.


Tips for finding things

You can search by title, author, keyword, subject, or journal title.  Take note of the keywords and subject headings for the things you find that are useful - this will give you specific search terms to use as you continue with your research. 

Click on each topic below for more information.

KEYWORD searching

SUBJECT searching



Scholarly Resources

It can be hard to determine if an article is scholarly or popular. Here are some things that indicate something is scholarly:

  • It is written by an expert in the field (PhD, etc).
  • The institution where the author works is listed.
  • The article includes a bibliography.
  • The journal might be described as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed"
  • The article uses speciality words or jargon unique to the field.
  • Very often, scholarly articles have an abstract at the beginning that explains what the article is about.

The 3 minute video embedded below has some great tips!

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