Keeping Track of your Searches

Pick a research-tracking method

  • Keep track of what you learn from the sources that you use for your writing assignments.
  • The low-tech way to keep track of your research sources is to use 3x5 or 4x6 index cards.  Use one card per source consulted. 
  • Note the source's bibliographic information on the top of the card so you'll have the information ready when you need to cite the source in your bibliography.  Make your notes on the remaining space on the card. 

An electronic form is another good way of keeping track provided by the following universities:

Content last reviewed: January 18, 2021