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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds When I start reading, I make my own list because I have to read as much as I can as a PhD student. So using scanning and the skimming techniques through the titles and abstracts help me a lot to prioritise my own reading list. Accessing online resources can be very easy, but at the same time, very risky. How does this work? There are many online resources, but picking up the right and trustable one, this may take a bit of experience and practise. When I come to keep my sources, I use online referencing programmes such as EndNote as I found this programme is really useful for me. When I’m reading my references, I try to read from the screen and take notes.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 second Later, I’m going to the reference list and try to figure out if there is something interesting. At the end, I print only the material that is relevant for my research.

Finding and using sources

You’re likely to spend a large amount of your time searching for and collecting texts to read further, particularly if you’re a postgraduate student.

In this video, Lina and Hayder talk about searching for sources to read for their studies. Hayder talks about reading titles and abstracts of articles or papers, before deciding whether or not to read the texts in more detail. He also discusses using a reference management tool, EndNote, to help him organise his references - a number of different reference management tools are presented later on this Week. Lina talks about organising her reading so that she searches for relevant sources on screen, and only prints out texts that she decides are relevant to her studies.

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