Once you find more than four or five sources, you can start to lose track of what you have.
- Create a table in a Word, Excel, or Google Doc or Spreadsheet. Include at least five rows and five columns. Use this table as an example (you may also COPY this table to your own document).
- At the top of the document, write your focused research topic, question, or thesis.
- In the far left column, list last name of the author and the year of publication of each source.
- In the columns to the right of each source provide the following information:
- full bibliographic citation
- summary of the source
- brief analysis of how/why the source is useful to answering your research question
- brief analysis of how/why the source is authoritative and credible
- Share-out: In the comments thread below, upload a document with your notes or provide a link to where you have posted your notes elsewhere (make sure they are posted publicly).