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Education Research for Graduate Students: Managing Your Research

Keep It Organized

One of the most important things you will do is develop a way to organize and track your research. Here are few tips we have found work well for us:

  • Keep track of what databases you have searched and the keywords and limiters you used
    • You can use a Word doc, Google doc, or print your search history
    • To copy a search url, click Share (located at the top of the Search results) and copy the Permalink
    • To view or print your Search History, click on Search History (located under the search boxes). Click Search History a second time to close it. You can also rerun an earlier search from the same session by clicking on View Results.
    • Once you close the browser window, your Search History will be cleared. Save any permalinks or Search History before you close the window.
  • Save the articles you find in a couple of locations
    • In your email, on a stick drive, etc.
  • Use the tools in the databases
    • Most databases allow you to create a free account and save search results (articles)
    • The video below demonstrates how to set up a free account in EBSCOhost and some of the features. Once you set up an EBSCOhost account you can use it to log into any EBSCOhost databases and save your search results.
  • Use a free citation manager tool, such as Zotero