And now for something completely different…
September 28, 2006 • 12:29 pm 0
September 28, 2006 • 11:30 am 0
I’m impressed by the interface and capabilities of reference manager Citavi, but for the moment it’s only available in German. However, they do apparently have plans to release an English language version.
I’m tempted to download the free version, even if it is in German, just to see how it all works together. Too bad it’s not French– I could handle working in French. But I know absolutely no German whatsoever.
September 27, 2006 • 2:24 pm 4
After my last post, two helpful commenters suggested some further tools to consider for managing references.
Rick suggested wikindx, a bibliographic and quotations/notes management system that can be used for either the single-user or for collaborative efforts.
While investigating these leads, I also came upon the Bibliophile Initiative, whose goal it is to “promote collaboration between developers and end-users of bibliographic databases.” They maintain a list of bibliographic database applications and utilities which I found to be a useful tool.
A big thank you to Michael and Rick for your help and suggestions.
September 21, 2006 • 2:03 pm Comments Off on Tips for off-screen reading
Every student has experienced the neck pain associated with “extreme reading.” Just what is the most comfortable way to sit when reading articles/books for hours on end, anyway? These various tips from Lifehacker readers might help to cut down on the number of neckrubs needed.
September 20, 2006 • 2:15 pm 4
Since I use multiple computers, my dream is to manage my bibliographical information online. I haven’t yet found a Web 2.0 (as in a central online solution) to successfully manage all of my bibliographical information. But I haven’t yet given up hope!
These are the various solutions I’ve found thus far. Perhaps they may be of help to others:
Any other suggestions?
September 20, 2006 • 11:05 am 0
Like most grad students, I work on multiple computers: home, work, library, archives. I’m all in favour of any Web 2.0 apps that can help me centralize my files.
Keeping track of all the solutions that pop up on a daily basis can be difficult. I know there are other Web 2.0 databases, but this one does a good job of organizing all the apps that can replace the Office suite.
September 19, 2006 • 7:47 pm 0
If you’re considering going to a research conference or (joy of joys!) you already have some funding in place to attend one, these twenty tips in PDF format (geared towards new grad students) will help.
September 13, 2006 • 11:40 am 0
September 11, 2006 • 9:53 pm 0
I admit it– I’m breaking this rule right now. But after reading this article, maybe it’ll be my last time. Glen Stansberry of LifeDev makes some excellent points, including this insightful remark: “I was staying up much later than I planned. Email is great at distracting you, mainly because you can open it up and anything can be waiting for you inside… Before you know it, you’ll have spent an hour ‘checking your email’, and you hadn’t really gotten anything done.” And I thought I was the only one!
September 11, 2006 • 9:24 pm 0
As the academic year begins once more, it can be difficult to get back into the grind. Dave Cheong offers 18 ways to stay focused at work. Though he’s writing from the perspective of a software engineer and entrepreneur, I think that many of these suggestions are highly applicable to academic life.