Early in your research, select a strategy for managing your information. It is vital that full reference be recorded accurately for later use. Everyone has experienced the frustration associated with not being able to locate a reference when it is needed.
Most researchers use an electronic system to organize their references and PDFs, and create bibliographies.
Andruss Library offers access to the EndNote Web and RefWorks programs, which permit Bloomsburg University staff and students to use the software both at work and home using a web browser. The main functions of both programs are:
maintenance of a database of references
downloading references from other databases
using the database to link to references in word-processed documents
generating a bibliography in the correct style for publication
Whichever system you use, if you choose to keep paper copies of your references, you will need to devise a filing system. Here are some suggestions:
alphabetical by author
by running number or EndNote record number
by topic or project area
alphabetic within topic or subject area
by stage of research - introduction, methodology, data collection
currency or date retrieved
by unique code number
Make sure that you are consistent within your system, and that you link your physical files with your information management system. That is, if using a paper-based system, include the relevant code number in your "database" record or card files.