Managing your information: session 2Presentation Transcript
Managing your information: a workshop for first-year Ph.D. students Session 2 Emma Coonan Cambridge University Library
Session 1: managing found/published information
Session 2: managing the information you generate
store – organise – retrieve – synthesize
Active reading: notemaking and recording
Creativity vs. project management
Keeping track: road maps, the big picture and lightbulb moments
Learning styles: how do you work?
“ The art of reading is to skip judiciously”
~ P.G. Hamerton
Step 1: Why are you reading? http://sfl.emu.edu.tr/dept/alo/active4.htm
To understand a concept?
To gather specific facts?
To identify the structure of an author’s argument?
To find alternative views so you can challenge an argument?
Step 2: What’s in it for me?
What’s relevant/useful for my own argument?
What other work does this piece mesh with?
What lightbulb moments does it spark?
What might be a blind alley (a white rabbit)?
Step 3: Notemaking and futureproofing
‘ Gut’ your text!
Highlight, underline, strikethrough; annotate, use symbols
Leave yourself clues about the content, e.g. on the cover page/in your referencing system
highlighter and pen
PDF-Xchange Viewer/Foxit/interactive software
Step 4: Extracting the best bits
Consider where and how to store the useful extracts:
other … ?
How will you find the relevant bits again – quickly and easily?
Base document (Teresa)
http://www.open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy/index-cards.php Index cards
Step 4: Extracting and futureproofing
How will you distinguish between:
your own ideas
Activity: interrogate your text
Choose an approach ….
colour-code, mark up and annotate by type of information/what’s in it for you
produce a 25-word summary
think of two questions that Jeremy Paxman would ask the author
represent the argument as a mind map
Tools for keeping on track
Most citation databases offer RSS or email alerts
Set up a profile and save useful searches
‘ Drip-feed’ of information keeps you up-to-date but not overwhelmed
“ The research diary can be seen as a melting pot for all of the different ingredients of a research project - prior experience, observations, readings, ideas - and a means of capturing the resulting interplay of elements.”