need to learn what specialized information a database, index, abstract
or bibliography provides and how to use these reources properly. When
you are familiar with these tools, you can use them to retrieve data
needed for your own research topic. It is essential to search as extensively
as possible, for if any crucial data is missing, your ability to evaluate
information will be impaired.
B. Planning and Managing
When the information/data you retrieved is systematically organized
in one place, you will know what information you already have. You can
categorize it according to your own preference and make a mini-library
on the desktop for yourself. Some people use bibliographic software
such as ENDNOTE or ProCite to organize their information. In addition
to showing what data you have, organizing your data will also give you
a perspective of what is amiss in your research.