As you search, the complete bibliographic details of information you find (i.e. citations), need to be saved and stored in one place, thus eliminating the need to repeat searches unnecessarily.
Methods for saving citations include using:
- An Excel spreadsheet – use headings such as the following:
Here's an example from Griffith University – Creating my own database
- Saving copies of your search history and results within each database. Most databases provide folders where you can save your searches. To do this you need to set up a free personal account in each relevant database. e.g. EBSCOhost, ScienceDirect
- A citation management tool, e.g. EndNote
- Using EndNote has the advantage that the software is supported by CQUniversity and being able to use CWYW (Cite While You Write) which allows you to insert references into your text as you write the review.
- For general usage information please refer to the CQUniversity EndNote guide.