The official term is bibliographic management. How do you save citations or fulltext documents in such a way that you can find them easily later? Many tools can help you with this!
In the EBSCOhost databases (we have a lot of these), use the TOOLS menu that appears to the right of a specific record (not in the main results list).
This tool automatically generates a citation in a handful of the most common citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). You can copy and paste it into your paper or somewhere else.
This is a stable URL that you can use to return to this page later. Do not copy the URL from the address bar at the top of your browser, at least when you're in a library database. It won't work later! Instead, use the permalink.
Tip! To learn whether a URL is stable or not, copy and paste it into a different browser. Ex: If you're in Chrome, try Firefox.
Like a shopping cart, the folder can be used to gather many materials and deal with them in a batch. You can email them all at once, or export them, or save them.
Tip! If you want the contents of the folder to stick between sessions, create a My EBSCOhost account and sign in before adding items to the folder. You pick a username/password - it is not connected to your GC network login.
RefWorks and Zotero are powerful bibliographic citation tools. You may want to invest time in learning to use these in your upper division classes, especially if you are doing a senior thesis or large capstone project. You may want to access some of these sources again in graduate school or during your early professional lives... it makes sense to start a personal collection of published sources relating to your field.
More detail about specific citation styles and tools is avaliable on the library's Citation Guides page.
Managing your time is a constant issue during college (and later!).
Options abound. Find a system that works well for you, and use it consistently.
If you are up for learning a new notetaking or organizational program, look for recent articles about them. You can always google "evernote vs onenote," for example, to help you decide between them.
Ex: Five Best Notetaking Applications - a little dated now (published Fall 2011), but still good, from Lifehacker
What other tools work well for you? Email Janelle with suggestions so we can keep this guide current!
Professors and other accomplished researchers annotate everything they read. Annotations needn't be formal - just keep track of what an article is about and how it fits into your research. If you are doing comprehensive research on a topic, annotations can also help you keep track of what you've already read. You will begin to encounter the same sources over and over!
This guide is a useful introduction to the annotated bibliography. But if you are just taking notes for yourself, you don't need to be overly structured or formal. Just keep notes about what you read and how you might be able to use it later. You'll thank yourself when it comes time to draft the paper.