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Research Guides

ENVS 314: Man and Environment

Mind Thinking & Outlining

Synthesis Matrix (from John Glover and Nita Bryant)

As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way.

A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.

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APA Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th edition (2nd printing).

LOCATION: Cabell Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010

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Taking Notes and Citing

Reference Managers

Reference managers are tools that help you keep track of your research, collaborate with other and create bibliographies. Here is a brief rundown of three major reference managers:

Formatting Citations

Many library databases have features to give you citations in approximate versions of standard formats like MLA. Reference managers automatically format citations to approximately correct. If you use one, you still will need to check the citations for correctness. If you don't use an automated tool, you'll need to get your citations formatted.