Managing data

As well as managing your time, you will need to manage the data you collect. Deliberately we chose not to provide a digest of the material, but to present you with ‘raw’ documents, presentations and other data, in the same variety that you will find as you continue to research during your working life.

The only concession we have occasionally made, where the data takes the form of an extended presentation or document, has been to indicate whereabouts in the document to start your search. But even then we recommend caution:

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Making notes

Whatever research you do, you will need to pull together the information gained in the form of an easily-accessible note. There are a number of ways of doing this, and you could perhaps try several during the early stages, before settling on which is most appropriate for you:

You probably notice that all these ways are based on cutting down the amount of information to a manageable size, and arranging it so that it can be accessed with ease. We personally like the idea of having material in an electronic form that can be moved around and grouped so as to bring together material on similar themes.

Apart from anything else, this highlights both common points and points of difference; you should not expect that all sources will concur – in fact, on the subject of lead-free, there are frequent difference of opinion.

Our particular preference is for the use of mind maps, although you do not need to use software to get the benefit of what is a structured note-taking process. Information is available at this link, and we would encourage you to read it.

When making notes, don’t forget that a resource may have application for more than your immediate needs. We recommend you to bookmark web sites that you find of interest, so that you can return to them in the days to come.

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