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Ecology: Getting Started

Sleuthing for Articles

You have worked with Mr. Smith to learn how to find the best articles for your project and how to most effectively read them for the information you need.

For more information on searching for the right kind of article, follow this Link to Ithaca College Libraries "Search Strategies" guide.

For best practices of how to most effectively find and read relevant scientific journal articles, please any of the links below:

-Stanford University - "Reading Scientific Papers" Link

-SagePub's guide to "How to Read a Journal Article" Link

Organizing Your Work

Keeping track of all of the information you find for your projects can be challenging. It is especially difficult to organize all of your notes, quotes and citations close to the due date. If you manage to keep all of your information organized, it will save you hours of stress as your deadlines loom.

Please review the following links and documents to help you find the best way to keep your notes and information well-organized!

1. Review Duke University's suggestions for "Organizing a Research Project" by following this Link, or opening the PDF below.

2. Review Harvard's suggestions for staying organized and avoiding plagiarism by following this Link.

3. This Link   to best notetaking practices (from the Historia Project at Horace Greeley H.S. in Chappaqua, NY) offers valuable recommendations to keeping paper notecards organized with all the necessary information to find what you need as you begin to write.

4. If you prefer electronic notes, and have Microsoft Office, then OneNote might be a good fit for you. Please review the PDF below for a full overview of OneNote for school projects. You can also learn more about OneNote here, or see a demo of using OneNote for school here

5. Zotero (Link) is a digital organization system for academic research. You can keep all of your web files and other documents in a personal library on your computer. "Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources."

Other good electronic note-taking systems include Evernote (Link),  Memonic (Link), and WebNotes (Link)

Citation Tools