Checklist: recording your findings
- Publication date – is it up to date? Are there newer sources of information available?
- Who is the author? What is their background? Are they an expert on the subject? If so, have they produced any other materials you can access?
- Contents – check the chapters to see if there are any that specifically relate to your topic (remember, you can legally photocopy one full chapter of a book [do not forget the endnotes and publication details when copying]
- Index – check for any specific references to your key themes and terms
- Scan the beginning and the conclusion to see if it seems to provide a valuable argument (There is an exercise in Week 5: Academic Reading on ‘Scanning for specific information’)
- Note down reference information (e.g. name of author, title of text, place published, date published, pages used). If it is an online source make sure you record the URL and the date you accessed it. For more on why this is so important and how to use references, see Week 6: Referencing
Developing Your Research Project
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