Answered By: Priscilla Coulter Last Updated: Dec 19, 2016 Views: 5524
Good question! It's important to carefully organize your research findings, to make writing and citing easier. Bookmarking an online article might seem like the easiest way to keep track of it -- but it won't always work, as many databases create temporary urls (session IDs) that will expire.
Here are librarians' favorite ways to keep articles together:
- Use a citation management tool to store, organize and format your sources! Find out how to get started.
- Some databases allow you to create free personal accounts on their sites. These accounts will allow you to save articles to return to later. Find out which databases offer personal accounts, and how you can get started.
- Try the cloud! Your free Microsoft 365 account includes 1TB of cloud storage via OneDrive...plenty of room for articles there.
- Create a permanent or persistent url (aka permalink). You can bookmark permalinks, organize them in a Word document, or use your citation manager to store them.
- Or, simply create a folder for your research assignment on your computer or device...then download your articles as you go! Find out how to limit your search to full text, so that you always have the option to save.
See also: Why should I keep a research journal?