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Academic work is rooted in finding and dealing with information and sources. This is why it is important to develop your competences when it comes to searching for and dealing with information for your academic papers.

As a student, you have to deal with large quantities of data and many forms of sources when you start an academic paper. Academic papers are built on information from sources – books, articles, websites, and the like – which you read, use and process in your text.

Find and manage sources

You have to find the right sources and manage them correctly once you have found them. This is why it is important that you know where to search for your sources, how to find them, and how to evaluate their dependability and relevance. Furthermore, when you manage your sources, it is important that you quote and reference them properly.     

Before you get started

Before you begin your literature search, it’s an advantage to talk with your supervisor, teacher or fellow students about your topic and the thoughts you have had. They might help you become aware of relevant literature or keywords for your search which you might not have thought of yourself. You should also remember to gain a clear idea of the type of paper, its size and its deadline.