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    How do you do your research? Do you read books and make notes on paper, or type notes into your own words straight away? Or do you copy out directly from sources and put it into your own words?

    Is there any software you use? Or just prefer writing on paper?

    I like EverNote to organise my notes, anyone else use it?
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    I don't use books, I find that if I look at a book, then I don't get much from just the 1. I look up articles online, I find I get more from looking up loads of articles rather than 1 book. I do my research at home, not in the library so I can't be bringing 10+ books home. I type it straight into Word as well. I usually email it to myself everyday as well just so I don't accidentally delete it!
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    (Original post by Sprockette)
    I don't use books, I find that if I look at a book, then I don't get much from just the 1. I look up articles online, I find I get more from looking up loads of articles rather than 1 book. I do my research at home, not in the library so I can't be bringing 10+ books home. I type it straight into Word as well. I usually email it to myself everyday as well just so I don't accidentally delete it!
    I used to do that. Try downloading DropBox instead, its free and much easier.
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    I read books and take notes on paper. This is so I basically know what I'm doing before I start.
    Once I have actually started writing the thing I look up journals online and type info from them directly into my essay. I also get a few more books, either from the library or Google books. Google books is an awesome night-before solution.
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    (Original post by portugueseninja)
    How do you do your research? Do you read books and make notes on paper, or type notes into your own words straight away? Or do you copy out directly from sources and put it into your own words?

    Is there any software you use? Or just prefer writing on paper?

    I like EverNote to organise my notes, anyone else use it?
    Thanks for the heads up on EverNote. Just downloaded it now. Seems quite useful!

    I know this may sound ridiculously obvious, but all files are private right?
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    (Original post by CookieDoughLove)
    Thanks for the heads up on EverNote. Just downloaded it now. Seems quite useful!

    I know this may sound ridiculously obvious, but all files are private right?
    Umm... I think so! I haven't used the sync feature, although it does continually tell me it's synching my files, I think that means I can access them remotely from another computer. But it is good. There's probably a better way to use it, but I create a Notebook for each essay title I'm working on, then within each one I create a new Note for each book/journal/whatever and then type in the text box in bullet points.

    It's useful because if you remember writing something but can't remember which page you wrote it on, you can just search in the text box and it finds all instances of that word throughout the Notebook. Much easier than scouring through pages of handwritten notes!
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    (Original post by portugueseninja)
    Umm... I think so! I haven't used the sync feature, although it does continually tell me it's synching my files, I think that means I can access them remotely from another computer. But it is good. There's probably a better way to use it, but I create a Notebook for each essay title I'm working on, then within each one I create a new Note for each book/journal/whatever and then type in the text box in bullet points.

    It's useful because if you remember writing something but can't remember which page you wrote it on, you can just search in the text box and it finds all instances of that word throughout the Notebook. Much easier than scouring through pages of handwritten notes!
    Ooook thank you! I really do like it. Seems very useful!
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    I firstly skim-read books/journals/websites once I know what I'm looking for and print or photocopy sources if I know they could be useful as I find it easier to highlight and write on bits of paper. If I use Google Books then I'll make notes on paper but it does drive me a bit nuts if there's a lot to write out.
 
 
 
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