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You will learn about tools and resources you can use to improve your research workflow, making it easier for you to accurately cite your sources.
Sometimes, none of the rules and examples match your needs perfectly. In those cases, you just have to do your best with the information you have.
Keep these principles in mind:
For example, if you're using MLA style, you'll want to include the author/creator's full name. If you're using APA, you'll want to include the publication date immediately after the author's name.
What do study skills have to do with citations?
Studies have shown that many citation mistakes can be traced back to study skills like time management and notetaking. When you don't leave yourself enough time to cite carefully, and to double-check your citations, your chances of making mistakes increase.
Good habits throughout your project will make your life much easier at the end!
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The moment where you're most likely to have all of the information you need to cite a source correctly is the moment when you first find the source. Make sure you develop a workable strategy for capturing that information.
If you don't, you'll find yourself re-searching for all of your sources the night before the paper is due -- making a stressful time even more stressful!
There are dozens of ways to take notes effectively, and none of them are the "right" way. Think about your workflow and figure out a system that works for you. Some possibilities include:
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Time management is an important part of the research process. There are a number of tools and resources you can use to organize your tasks, plan projects, and manage your time.
Most of these will help you in all aspects of your academic life, not just research.
Here are some specific factors to consider as you manage your time during research projects:
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