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HVAC: Organizing Your Thoughts & Research

This guide has been created with the HVAC classes in mind.

Organization Tips

Tips for being organized:

1. Organize the information in a way that you can use it.  This includes knowing your organizational strategy and using a note-taking system that works for you.

2. Follow the recommended style such as MLA, APA or Chicago.

3. Use the language appropriate for your audience.  Keep your audience in mind when creating your presentation whether it be a paper or another project.

4. If using graphics, use images that are clear and enhance your message.

 

Parts adapted from Solomon, Amy, Gwenn Wilson, and Terry Taylor. 100% Information Literacy Success. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.

Organizational Strategies

Whether writing a paper, creating a video or making a PowerPoint presentation, you need to decide on your organizational strategy.

Organizational strategies include:

  • By category or concept
    • When separate ideas need to combine to create a concept, use organization by concept or category. This organization scheme is helpful when making a case so the reader can see how all the ideas are individual and then combine together in a new and helpful way.
  • Chronological 
    • Chronological organization follows a time line or a process of steps.  It is best used for when a series of events influences an outcome.
  • Hierarchical
    • Moving from least to most important/complex or from most to least important/complex is hierarchical organization. 
  • Alphabetical
    • Organizing information by using the alphabet is best then the user of the information knows what they are looking for. Often alphabetical organization is used in reference works like encyclopedia and dictionaries.

Decide which strategy works for your project and use it to to structure your information.

 

Parts adapted from Solomon, Amy, Gwenn Wilson, and Terry Taylor. 100% Information Literacy Success. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.

Research Organization

As you find your information, you will need to keep it organized so you can find it later to incorporate into your project.

Create a system that works for you.  It may include using:

  • Note Cards
  • Binders
  • Folders (physical or electronic)

Your research system should make it easy for you to find the information you have already found through using library and open web resources.

Related LibGuides

The Studio

For help with all stages of the writing process, visit The Studio ICC's writing lab.

East Peoria Campus, Library Balcony, L442
(309) 694-5292

Peoria Campus, Student Center
(309) 690-6809

For assistance please make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.