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MicroMasters® at the University of Edinburgh

An introduction to the resources available to support your learning

Keeping on top of reading

Many postgraduate courses involve a lot of reading, and while some courses will prescribe specific books or articles, others will expect you to find this information for yourself. As you search for things to read, you might come across books, articles, or other resources which you think you may want to save for later. This page covers a handful of processes and strategies that you can adopt to keep track of the things you might eventually want to read.

catching space in a jarPinning (or saving) DiscoverEd results

If you're searching on DiscoverEd, you can log in to quickly 'pin' (or save) any specific search results or even search terms. While it isn't possible to export these, you can label them with descriptions (only visible to you) so that you can quickly search for a description and rediscover what you found previously. More information about using DiscoverEd for pinning results is available here.

Keeping a research (or reading) journal

A research or reading journal can be an effective way for you not only to track what you've read (or want to read) but can also be a way for you to keep track of your ideas and thoughts about what you've read. There's an excellent blog post on why and how a reading journal can be effective here.

Using reference management software

Tagging or annotating the references you save to your reference management software can be a really simple and effective way of keeping track of what you've read and what you intend to read. You'll need to devise a couple of simple conventions that you can use and reuse so that there's a system to what you save e.g. 'to-read', 'read', 'useful-for-dissertation', 'for-methodology', etc. On some software, such as Zotero, you can even colour code your tags so you can see at a glance what in your library you are yet to read.