Software for research for freshers jun 2010


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Software for research for freshers jun 2010

  1. 1. Experiences of Srinivasan Tatachari OB & HR Using Information Technology for Efficient Research Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
  2. 2. Is there a choice? <ul><li>Information is moving to electronic avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a choice? </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidating? Faint-hearted?? </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Knowledge Management </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Personal Knowledge Management
  4. 4. Personal Knowledge Management <ul><li>Stages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artifacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research papers, Ideas, electronic versions of books, handbooks, snippets from websites …. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Ideation aspects
  6. 6. Ideation <ul><li>Scribbles, notes </li></ul><ul><li>Mind-mapping tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps in abstraction, conceptualization and collation of ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorming & collaborating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Xmind Mindmap tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging/Twittering/Facebooking ? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mind Map (example Xmind)
  8. 8. Searching aspects
  9. 9. Seek & You shall Receive <ul><li>You search on-need or receive when ready </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library visits, journals by mail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google – the ‘God’ of search? – Scholar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes just old </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research databases: JSTOR , EBSCO … </li></ul><ul><li>Journal websites </li></ul><ul><li>IIMB library assistance </li></ul>
  10. 10. References -> A to Z of EBSCO Respective journals’ website
  11. 11. Serendipitous Receive <ul><li>Email subscriptions for notifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New articles, journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online First / New issue Print </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail lists like those of AOM, COGNET </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions, information sharing </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. RSS feeds directly from journal sites Subscribing to RSS
  13. 13. FeedDemon
  14. 14. MS Outlook 2007
  15. 15. Email Alerts from Google Alerts Email Alerts from Google Scholar Hot
  16. 16. Storage & Retrieval aspects
  17. 17. Storing <ul><li>Print documents – physical archive , highlight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight in PDF (License?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manual classification: Folder structure, Filenames </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag, classify, keywords, type of documents </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Store snippets, urls, images… in Evernote
  19. 19. MS OneNote
  20. 20. Retrieval & Application <ul><li>B(u)y memory  ! </li></ul><ul><li>Go by manual classification and open each file to search </li></ul><ul><li>OR…. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Use desktop search tools: Copernic Desktop Search Similar to (better than?) Google Desktop
  22. 22. Retrieve snippets from Evernote
  23. 23. Zotero for Firefox stores citations, clips, notes, pdf & others Endnote – no site wide license!
  24. 24. Use Zotero for citation in Word
  25. 25. Mendeley
  26. 26. EndNote <ul><li>Commercial Referencing tool </li></ul><ul><li>Not available on all desktops </li></ul>
  27. 27. Other tips <ul><li>Autohotkey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically search for highlighted word in any application from google and scholar website! </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. PDF-Xchange – Viewer free
  29. 29. Closing notes
  30. 30. <ul><li>Start early </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be efficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save Paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Backup data regularly (esp. laptops) </li></ul><ul><li>You may need administrative privileges for desktop </li></ul><ul><li>May not be the best tools/methods available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some are experimental – beware of crashes!!  </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Thanks <ul><li>Contact for specifics: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>It would be great if you can share your ideas from your experience/ experiments!! </li></ul>