Managing information

Knowing how to effectively store and manage your information, data and sources properly is an important part of ethical scholarship. Academic work often involves large amounts of data or source material, and it's easy to lose track of these if you aren't careful.

Here are some tips for effective management of your information:

  • When you are reading and taking notes, always note down the source for everything that is someone else's idea. This will ensure that when it comes time to write, you will know where that idea came from and will be able to cite the source correctly.
  • Do your referencing while you write. If you leave it to last, you are more likely to make a mistake or forget where a quote or paraphrase came from.
  • When you copy down a quote, always note the page number as well as the citation information. This will make it easy when it comes to checking your references.
  • If you have lots of references, consider using EndNote to manage them. The librarians can help you to set up EndNote, and it can make keeping track of all your references a much easier job.
  • Make sure you store and back-up important data and information correctly; losing all your references because of a computer malfunction is not an excuse for academic misconduct!
  • If you are a research student, use the UWA Research Data Management Toolkit to help you follow the correct procedures for information management.