This paper explores post graduate students’ approaches to Personal Information Management and Personal Knowledge Management, as they pursue their academic studies and learn to create new knowledge through research and specifically the location and use of large amounts of relevant information. Data for this study was collected in interviews with seven postgraduate students. Findings show that students use ‘brain filtering’ as a mediating step between personal knowledge and information management and that technology plays a significant role as students tend to develop more effective information and knowledge management skills as they progress through their studies.