I keep research logs and create research reports. Do you?
I wonder if some of the newer technologies, esp. online trees encourage some to "skip" this step.
When I locate a new source, I evaluate the information in the context of my knowledge at that time. Information I later learn often brings new or different meaning to a source I'd worked with earlier.
My research logs are usually tables set up in MSWord or Excel; also have tables in a draft email that I can copy over for the same purpose (then I send myself that email).
I've never been able to use the research log functions offered by genealogical software in the same way.
Hope to learn from the experience of others. --GJ