I found this online tutorial really helpful as I begin my first module of this degree. It has been many years since I have completed any formal studying, and research was one area I was really nervous about applying into my studies.
Andrea explained how to record my research clearly, and I now feel more confident in recording relevant (and side tracked) reading and research as I go.
Keep a rolling bibliography of research to refer to as needed (I have done this in the form of a draft post on this page)
“Delve deep, explore wide”… Allow yourself to follow what you find interesting not what you think you should be reading.
Don’t worry about reading the whole book.
Record all your research using UCA Harvard referencing.
Use software – Paperpile, Zotero, BiB, Notion…
Bullet point and summarise when reflecting.
Take 30 seconds at the end to write down what you took from it.
Question everything and validate sources.
Feel free to “copy”. Attempts to emulate will result in learning new techniques.
10 minutes a day reading adds up quickly; make a reading list to call on in dead time (i.e. when feeding baby!)
Back up notes.
Include research in Learning Log.
Research will be broad now and become more focused as course progresses.