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A workshop for first-year PhD students on ways of storing and organising information.

A workshop for first-year PhD students on ways of storing and organising information.

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  • 1. Managing your information: a workshop for first-year Ph.D. students Session 1 Emma Coonan Cambridge University Library
  • 2. Teresa’s approach
    • How do you:
    • Organise your literature?
    • Decide a paper is worth reading ?
    • Know what is useful from that paper?
    • Organise what you know ?
  • 3. Course content
    • Session 1: managing found/published information
    • Session 2: managing the information you generate
    • store – organise – retrieve – synthesize
  • 4.  
  • 5. Session content
    • Information issues
    • Literature searching and critical evaluation
    • Active reading: skimming and tagging
    • Storing your information
  • 6. Information issues
    • “ A man will turn over half a library to make one book”
    • ~ Samuel Johnson
  • 7. Your literature search
    • Where did you look?
    • What kind of search terms (search strategy) did you use?
    • How satisfied were you with the number of results?
    • How satisfied were you with the quality of your results?
  • 8. Unknown unknowns “ There are known knowns . These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns . That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns . These are things we do not know we don’t know.”
  • 9. Step 1: Triage search results
    • Apply initial evaluation criteria:
    • Date or currency
    • Journal impact/quality
    • Author
    • Keywords in title/abstract
    • Other … ?
    • Decide – keep or discard?
  • 10. Step 2: Skim and scan
    • Not possible to read everything
    • To decide a paper is worth fully reading :
      • Skim abstract and introduction
      • Look at figures and tables
      • Read conclusions
  • 11. Step 3: Keep a critical distance
    • Be ruthless: ask “what’s in it for me?”
    • Tag each paper with keywords that reflect the relevance it has for you
    • Be alert to white rabbits!
  • 12. Saving and storing your information
  • 13. Saving and storing your information
  • 14. Saving and storing your information
  • 15. Saving and storing your information
  • 16. Reference management software Papers