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How to manage your personal documentation? How to use digital tools to manage your documentation?
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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  • Corpus  
  • Personal documentation  
  • Personal library  
  • Plagiarism  
  • Primary source  
  • Secondary source  

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Personal documentation refers to all the sources gathered throughout your research work, whatever its subject.

It is essential to organise this documentation. This has been made considerably easier by the advent of digital tools, but the old method of card notes and research notebooks is still used jointly.

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Different shapes / different media

Personal documentation comes in various shapes and on various media.

It varies sensibly from one subject to another.

It results from the exploitation of all the information gathered during your work of research:

  • Directories and digital files
  • General notes and reading notes
  • Copies or scans of articles or book chapters
  • Seminar and symposium reports
  • Proceedings of interviews
  • Field reports
  • Diaries
  • Photos, videos, sound files…

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Bougé-Grandon, Dominique. "Organising and managing your documentation". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, 2010 (last updated on 3 July 2013). Available at:


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