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Senior Project Series – Staying Organized

As you gather background information on your topic and prepare your literature review, you will be doing a lot of library research and reviewing many, many articles.  It is important to develop a good notetaking system, as well as a method for storing, summarizing, and retrieving articles you have already reviewed.  Get Organized!


Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, and the Film & Television Literature Index, as well as many other useful databases are all available on the EBSCO platform, so you will probably find yourself using it often.  You can create a personal log-in account to save article citations in organized and shared folders, and to save useful searches.  It will also remember your complete search history if you log in at the beginning of each session.

To create an account, click “Sign In” on the toolbar in the upper right-hand portion of the screen.  You can use any log-in and password that you wish.  After creating your account, you will still need to access the database through the library homepage.



Refworks is a web-based citation manager.  As you search through article databases, you can export citation information directly to Refworks.  Citations can then be organized in folders and shared with group members.  When the time comes to write your paper, the Write-n-Cite feature can automatically generate your in-text citations as well as your bibliography.  Or, you can generate a bibliography of selected citations at any point.

Always double-check for errors! Refworks has a tendency to capitalize incorrectly or improperly list author names.  Always have your APA style guide handy.

Refworks provides its users with a helpful series of online tutorials and is generally pretty simple to use.  For more information, please see the library guide to Refworks, or contact me.

Kristyna Carroll



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Last Modified: January 27, 2011

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