3. 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.

3.1 Practices


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

3.2 Skills

I can…

Example activities

3.2.1…manage, organise and collate information using appropriate tools and techniquesCollating sources template (page 11)

Keeping your research up to date tutorial
3.2.2… use bibliographic software to record and manage references.EndNote tutorials

EndNote Online tutorials

3.2 Awareness

I am aware of…

Example activities

3.3.1… the importance of being systematic in organising the information foundCollating sources template (page 11)
3.3.2…the need to record bibliographic or licensing details about the information found and make accurate notes to help me avoid accidental plagiarismExercise which requires students to record the bibliographic details of materials they find, by saving records found in LibrarySearch / databases or by writing down the elements required for a bibliographic reference.

Effective notes tutorial
3.3.3… the problem of information overloadAsk students how many pages of results they look at when they search Google.

Ask students to discuss what strategies they use in everyday life to manage the amount of information they have access to via social media. E.g. they might limit the time they spend on it, set filters, only follow favourite themes etc.