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Organised Researcher



Date: 19th June 2012 ...

Date: 19th June 2012
This 2 hour interactive workshop introduced a variety of software and Web tools which can help you to organise your content, references and writing. The main focus was on Evernote, Mendeley and Scrivener.



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  • Click the Wallwisher URL to share any tips or tools that you use to stay organised.Planning is essential. Your PhD project will become increasingly vast, so a single ‘To Do’ list won’t always suffice. Consider breaking up your tasks into manageable chunks: well defined projects with deadlines (chapters, conference papers), tasks to complete each month, tasks to complete each week and so on. Review your progress at the end of each week and plan ahead for the next.
  • Finished in FourA virtual wallplan for your 3-4 year project. Options to add writing, teaching, reading, courses, conferences, meetings, vacation etc. to provide an easy overview of how you plan to spend your time.Rescue TimeFree trial. Spot inefficiencies and become better at self-managing your time on the computer.Manic TimeFree version. Auto-tracking of computer usage, keep track of your work hours.PomodoroBasic timer function. 25 minutes then 5 minute breaks. Longer break after 3 or 4 “pomodoros”. Simple but effective.
  • Works across Android/iPhone/Blackberry/Gmail/Google/Twitter/Outlook Express.Free some space in your head and put all your ‘to do’ tasks in one place.
  • Typical screenshot from smartphone.
  • Evernote: Remember EverythingPerfect for the mobile researcher and also for your personal life.Evernote allows you to store notes, web clippings, pictures and voice recordings in online notebooks you can access from any computer. Evernote also has a range of free smartphone apps and a downloadable desktop version.You can find lots of online support via the homepage. There are numerous tutorials and many stories and tips from current users.Web Clipper is a great Evernote tool for remembering and saving good things you see online. All the Evernote applications are in regular contact with Evernote on the Web. Whenever a new note is created or edited on any of your Evernote devices, everything will synchronize.
  • You might already be using a reference manager from your MA, if you aren’t you need to get started! The library endorses RefWorks and EndNote and provides specific training for these systems.However, Mendeley really encapsulates lots of what being a researcher 2.0 is about. It is a reference manager but also a social network, there are apps for the iphone and tablets, and it is available on your home desktop and online.A handy comparison of reference managers can be found here:   
  • Scrivener is a text compiler for writers. It can help with getting an overview of your thesis, particularly at the re-drafting and re-structuring stage.Keep your notes alongside in the Research folder.Concentrate on getting words done with the ‘Project Target’ function. You can link a synopsis to each chapter and section that can be viewed withother synopses to get an overview of the thesesas a whole.Try the free trial. Start with a ‘new project’ and work through the interactive tutorial.

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  • Organised researcher Helen Steele, Graduate School Researcher Network Facilitator 19 June 2012 With thanks to Emma Kimberley for prior work
  • Quick fixes…Organising your thesisFinished in Four your timeRescue Time Time technique is explained here: are many apps and free downloads available(Try PomLife Lite, Pomodoro Me, Tomighty)
  • Remember the MilkTask list accessible anywhereTag tasks with time, date, priority, location, work/personal/st udy, your own created tags, etc.AlertsSynchs with online versionFree online, free app
  • EvernoteSave notes and access almost anywhere Pictures, notes, web clippings, voice notes Desktop, online and apps Free Set up different notebooks to suit your needs Tag to organise and search
  • Mendeley• Reference manager• Academic social network• Desktop and online• iPhone app• Some Android functionality: on-mendeley-an-app-guide/
  • Mendeley Creates automatic bibliography databases Automatic citation extraction Checks your database against external databases and fills in missing information such as abstracts Imports your existing BibTex, RIS, and EndNote XML libraries Bibliography file formats are supported by EndNote, Reference Manager, RefWorks, and other traditional reference management tools Synchs with CiteULike and Zotero Formatted citations in Google docs and emails More than 1000 citation styles
  • Mendeley Enables searching, sorting and filing Create project or topic based collections Smart filters – filter by author, journal, tag or keyword Full text searches of PDFs PDF sticky notes and highlighter Collaborative annotation and notes sharing Mark as “read”, “unread” or “favourite”
  • Mendeley Sharing and collaboration Research network Secure collaboration spaces Collaborative annotation and note sharing Open reading lists Research profile
  • Index cards For Mac & WindowsCork board £25.41 Free 30 day trialoutlining
  • Outline view
  • Binder structureResearch folderInsert PDFs, webpages, movies, images, text files
  • Corkboard view
  • Split screen
  • Stick to your targets
  • For further help…Visit the Media Zoo online: a one-to-one appointment:Email or drop in to the Reading Room on weekdays, 2-5pm.