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The Baskett Lab: Communication resources. Academic%20Tasks%20-%20Proposal%20Writing%20-%20Presentation. Thesis Writing with Scrivener | PhD Blog (dot) Net. I mentioned Scrivener in a recent post. It would appear that this word-processing and file management desktop programme – specifically developed by Literature and Latte for writers – is becoming increasingly adopted by academics. There are other, more comprehensive accounts of using Scrivener on the web, such as here. But as a relatively new Scrivener user, here are some thoughts on my ongoing experience of using it in drafting my thesis. Getting Started Using Scrivener effectively requires a shift in thinking from traditional word processing programmes and practices. I tend to find the best way to learn new software is to dive straight in with a ‘real-life’ project.

I found undertaking a 5,000-words conference paper ideal to familiarise myself with key Scrivener features and to start developing my own quirks. Scalability Chunkification For me, the best way to go about using Scrivener is to think of texts in the form of ‘chunks.’ Files and Folders Formatting Viewing Options Note Taking Summary.

Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method. This post is by Dr Katherine Firth who works in Academic Skills at the University of Melbourne, with a particular interest in research student literacies. Basically, Katherine is a Thesis Whisperer, like me. Unlike me, Katherine is still an active researcher in her field of 20th-century poetry. Over coffee Katherine told me about the ‘Cornell Method’ and kindly agreed to write a post. I found it enlightening, I hope you do too. I take a lot of notes. Now that I’m working with lots of PhD students, I find that they also take a lot of notes. The reason I think it’s so hard, is because when you take notes you focus your attention on the text (or case study, or thing under your microscope).

Figure 1: Writing notes and writing the thesis mean you have to focus in opposite directions. Even if you see note taking and research as a cycle of reading and writing, you still focus towards the research, then towards the essay, then towards the research, then towards the essay. Related Posts Like this: Five Best Practices for Getting Started with Research. A little while ago, I got this question from a reader as a comment to the Silver Linings introduction.

Also, could you write about starting with a research? I am actually afraid to start with it, to just do it and ask for some tasks at the professor...while I want to. I think it's too difficult for me, and I don't know where to begin in proving myself wrong. Before burying the idea in my ever-growing list of blog post ideas, I had already quickly chipped in: As for your question - I'll make sure to write a post on that, but as for now, be sure to realize that research is a process that is built upon the lessons we learn from our failures. But let's take a look at this question again. In my opinion, there are five essential pieces of knowledge to keep in mind when you get started on a research project: 1. After reading a paper, don't just simply archive it, but apply your new insights. 2. 3. Don't wait for your supervisor to give you "homework". 4.

The Research-Writing-Edit-Proof Cycle as a back and forth map | Research Degree Voodoo. By Katherine Firth This post is for anyone who saw the Writing Cycle posts and thought–hmmmm, but what happens when I have to rewrite? What about gaps that I have to fill in? Isn’t that all a bit simple? Sure! Simple is helpful–I draw four arrows in a circle and BAM! You get it. I regularly chat to doctoral candidates in the depths of despair, with no hope of ever writing again… I show them the writing cycle, tell them to do one thing at a time and BAM! But sometimes, after you’ve made that first step, some of the details of going forward require some finer grained instructions. Today, I want to show you a research map that I designed for undergraduates, but that I think might help you too. Research Plan mapby Katherine Firth You’re welcome. Like this: Like Loading... About Katherine Firth I teach research and writing skills at the University of Melbourne, in Academic Skills and the Melbourne School of Graduate Research.

Writing and Not Writing. As AcWriMo got underway, lots of people in the Twitter feed (#AcWriMo) were wondering what counts as writing for the purposes of this month of academic writing. This question registered for me when I started my first Pomodoro (using my PhDometer!) And quickly realized that the revise and resubmit project I’ve set for myself this month is going to require a lot of not writing.

What will I be doing while not writing? Reading the reviewers’ comments closely; thinking about the editor’s summation of those comments; returning to the original article; making decisions about the relevant literature; and so forth. As I read people’s questions about what might count as writing, I began to see a range of possibilities: Pure writing: When we put our heads down and just write. Provisional editing: When we look back at the writing we’ve just done to ensure that it will make sense to us later. Revision: When we return to our writing, ideally with a bit of distance, to make it better.

Like this: Three stages of the academic workflow and Mac software | Academic workflows on Mac. The’academic workflow’ is a representation of scholarship as a series of stages or steps connected to each other without gaps or duplication. Although simplified, the idea of the workflow helps to structure, develop, and communicate tools, knowledge and experience across various academic contexts. There are three essential stages of the academic workflow: Capturing and processing existing knowledge.Creating new knowledge.Disseminating knowledge. This blog is dedicated to Mac software and work techniques useful at each of the three stages as well as to cross-cutting tools related to task and time management and general productivity.

Capturing and processing existing knowledge Every academic has to capture, processing and organize information received in electronic, paper, or verbal form as well as his/her own thoughts and ideas. Creating new knowledge In most of academia, especially in social sciences, the process of creating new knowledge is intricately connected to academic writing.

Planning and Structure

Birthing that first draft. Style and Language. Using References.