Managing information

Being systematic in storing and managing the information found, saves time and effort better spent in reading, thinking and formulating ideas. As we teach these functional skills, we encourage the learner to consider how they can integrate them into their existing work practices and to review these processes over time.

I…

…handle, organise and store my information in a way that it can easily retrieved and used, and with proper regard for intellectual property.

…handle, organise and store my research data in a way that it can easily retrieved and used, and with proper regard for intellectual property data protection.

Skills Examples
I can… …manage and collate information using online organising and social bookmarking tools. Social citation workshop
…organise print and digital sources in a systematic way.
…use bibliographic software to record and manage references. EndNote and EndNote Web workshop materials. Social citation tools workshop materials.
…use appropriate data management software and techniques to manage and curate research data
Awareness Examples
I am aware of… …the importance of being systemic in organising the information found.
…the need to record bibliographic or licensing details about the information found and make accurate notes to help me avoid accidental plagiarism. Students take photographs of images they want to use from journals and post the images on Pinterest together with a full reference in the description.
…the need to adopt appropriate data handling and curation methods.
…the problem of information overload. Ask students how many pages of results they look at when they search Google.