Planning information management

In addition to planning information seeking, you should consider planning information management, such as storing the information you find and arranging and naming files.

Information management includes, for example:

  • how you name files and different versions of your work
  • how many backup copies you have and where have you saved them
  • where you work on and store your written work done as a collaborative effort
  • how you collect references on books and articles and where you store them (reference management)

For managing your notes, you can use, e.g. OneNote and OneDrive which are included in Microsoft Office ProPlus package.

When you are writing an academic text that contains many bibliographic sources, you can use a reference management program to manage your citations. Popular reference management tools include Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote.

You can find in-depth information on scientific data management in Research Data Management Guide

To avoid unnecessary work and mistakes, plan your information retrieval carefully and always write down your plan and the search process with its different stages, especially if you are doing a very extensive search. It is easy to return to well-documented plans and events later.