RIAs Summer Workshop

Tuesday, Aug. 29 - Morning (pt. 2)
Research Organization

What's that PDF?
Organizing Research Projects

• Document your process

• Save consistently

• Annotate sources

Three ways to stay organized
while doing research: 

{ ideas, searches, sources }

{ done & to-do }

{ while you still remember }

This sounds like a lot of work...

Organizing your research
Three key practices:

• Take process notes as you work

          - Track what you've done and know what's next
 

• Consistently save the stuff you find

          - Stick to a system that is easy and reliable
 

• Annotate your saved sources

          - Why does this source seem relevant?
   

but it's important. 

Because research is
messy.

You don't necessarily know what path you'll take, or where you'll end up. And there's a lot of stuff involved.

What are some of the questions Abbott is asking?

1.  Research Question

Research Interest #1

Thinking about your interests, choosing one, and narrowing focus to something that's feasible to explore

Research Interest #2

Research Interest #3

Focused
Research Question

2:  Search Questions

Search Question #1

Identifying specific things you need to learn about / find {search questions}

Focused
Research Question

Search Question #2
 

Search Question #3

3. Sources

Search #1

Articles, websites, films, and other texts that inform your understanding of part of your topic

Source A

Source B

Source C

• Document your process

• Save consistently

• Annotate sources

Three ways to stay organized
while doing research: 

{ ideas, searches, sources }

{ done & to-do }

{ while you still remember }

Document Your Process

As you work, keep a research log.

- Today's date

- What did you do today?
- What are your next steps? (however tentative)

Save Consistently

Be predictable
Decide on and stick to a system that is easy and reliable.


Label everything 
Include enough information so you can recognize sources later, at a glance. (Even if it's been a few weeks since you worked on the project.)

Annotate Sources

Source notes
Why does this article seem (potentially) relevant?

Write it down now, while you still remember.

Categorizing sources

It can be helpful to sort your potential sources into broad categories (e.g. lit-review, primary sources) 

Useful Tools

• Zotero  { personal research library }

• Coggle  { mapping ideas visually }
• Search logs  { example, blank version }
• Saving searches  { persistent links }
• Browser history

RIAs Summer Workshop | Tuesday Morning (pt. 2)

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Research organization

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