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The Research Process

Track sources as you research

Using a tracking tool to help manage sources, and many also help you format citations. There's no right way to do it. Just find a way that works for you! Here are some ideas:

  • Keep a running list in using Microsoft Word or Excel 

  • Write sources on notecards and organize them by project

  • Keep a digital notebook using Microsoft OneNote

  • Use NoodleTools to organize citations by project and get support for citations 

Cite sources using style guides

Proper citations help you contribute to ethical scholarship and avoid plagiarism. Use the Purdue Online Writing Center's Style Guide Overview learn about different styles.

Not sure which to use? Check with your instructor. 

These guides from Purdue OWL include the most common styles: