Keeping records

One good way of recording your references as you go along is to use record cards. On these you can put the referencing information that you need about a book or article that you have read. You can also record brief notes on why you found it useful, you can refer to important page numbers and even record complete quotes if they seem relevant to you. Figure 5.3 shows an example of one such record card, compiled by a student. When she came to write she had much of the information she needed on this author to supplement her other notes. It was also useful when she revisited the same material to write an extended essay later in her course. Of course, you can also use your computer to build up a database of references.

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