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New to research: Get organised

Information management

Organise your references

Establish an effective strategy at the start of the research project and it will save a lot of unnecessary worry in the future
  • Use bibliographic management software to organise your references
  • Import references from databases and insert citations into documents.
  • See more on information management or learn about EndNote and EndNote Online.
Get the most out of the library databases
  • Create a login within the databases you use most frequently.
  • A login will allow you to save preferences, searches and create alerts.
  • This is an excellent way to keep you up-to-date with latest research.
  • See the Search the literature LibGuide for more information.

Data management

Collect data
The selected methodology and method(s) will generally determine how the data will be generated, captured and analysed.


For more information see Research methods: The basics (Part II) and Social research methods (The nature of research), both by Nicholas Walliman.
Manage data
The Library has created a Research data management LibGuide to help:
  • Create a data management plan or checklist
  • Describe and document research data
  • Select appropriate and secure storage locations
Good practice in data management
Research Data MANTRA is an Open Educational Resource from the University of Edinburgh, providing a free online course in research data management, designed for PhD students and others who are planning a research project using digital data.