Finding and organising your information
If you want to produce a really 'top class' assignment then you will need to PLAN how you are going to get the 'best' information for your task. The more time and effort you take at this planning stage the better the results you will get in the end.
It is tempting, sometimes, to just “copy and paste” from the Internet but you really need to present the information in your own words so you are showing your understanding. It is OK to quote other people’s work, however you must always reference it.(Check out “Making Referencing Real” to learn how to reference properly).
How can you make sure that you select exactly the information you need and organise it in such a way that you can use it when you put your assignment together? The first step is harvesting information to gain as wide an understanding about the topic as possible. This not only helps reinforce and clarify your current knowledge, but also shows you where there are gaps in your knowledge.
Helping you harvests information from your online searching.
There are many great web 2.0 tools that are now available to help you manage your online research - to not only help you keep track of 'where you have been' on the web but to also help you manage and organise the information you find so that it can more easily be synthesised to answer your research topic.
Here are just a few of those tools for research management.
organise your bookmarks (Diigo, Delicious, Symbaloo)
keep notes on the web (Diigo, Google Notebook, Zotero)
upload and share documents (Scribd, Google+)
manage websites (Delicious, Zotero, Scoop.it, Symbaloo)
manage research collections and notes (Evernote, Zotero, Scoop.it)
Search Scribd instead of Google to find documents related to your research or study
After harvesting (collecting or curating) a wide range of information, the next important skill is to take effective notes from the information you have collected.
If you are using an iPad for your notemaking there are also some great Apps to help you organise information as you find it. Follow these links to get some great examples of online Notemaking applications.
Top 10 Online Note Taking Applications
10 Online Note taking web services every Internet user should know about.
The Graphic Organisers and effective research module has a range of tools you can use to organise your information and you can also check out the extensive list of notemaking resources in the Resource Links section.
iPad Apps that help you organise your information
There are many Apps that are now available to help you organise your notes and information as you research. These websites list some of them.
iPad Note Taking Apps
This is a very useful list for those not sure of which Apps to get.
7 iPad Apps for note taking, drawing & brainstorming
Includes Notes Plus, Note Taker, WritePad and Penultimate.