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Organize Knowledge Keywords let you describe references, quotations, and thoughts, while Citavi's hierarchical categories allow you to structure and group them. The flexible category system makes it easy to systematically structure research proposals and publications and is especially useful for outlining a term project, thesis, or dissertation as well as a more extensive research project. Plan Tasks Citavi’s integrated Task Planner helps you keep track of the everyday tasks in academic research, including obtaining materials, evaluating texts, and returning library books. It also reminds you of deadlines, helps you manage project goals, and lets you delegate tasks — in a team, too.

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Zotero vs. EndNote We here at ProfHacker are big fans of Zotero. Some of our earliest posts covered teaching with Zotero groups and making your WordPress blog Zotero-able (although we can’t control whether it’s “zo terrible” <rimshot>). And of course, there’s Amy’s fantastic two-part series on getting started with Zotero (parts one and two). The folks at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (who make Zotero) are friends of ProfHacker, and we got one of our earliest boosts from their Digital Campus podcast. That’s why I feel a little sheepish about making the following confession: while I admire and proselytize for Zotero, I actually use EndNote for my own research. A few weeks ago, ProfHacker got a request asking us if we could compare the two platforms, which gave me a great opportunity to try to figure out why I prefer EndNote.

Reference management software Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations (references).[1] Once a citation has been recorded, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays. The development of reference management packages has been driven by the rapid expansion of scientific literature. These software packages normally consist of a database in which full bibliographic references can be entered, plus a system for generating selective lists of articles in the different formats required by publishers and scholarly journals. Modern reference management packages can usually be integrated with word processors so that a reference list in the appropriate format is produced automatically as an article is written, reducing the risk that a cited source is not included in the reference list.

How to choose a research topic choose a research topic | decide on a research question and define key terms | design a robust research project | choose which research method(s) to use You may have recruited young researchers to work on a particular research topic, in which case skip on to the next section. Otherwise, the group will need to agree the focus of the research project. You could give the group free rein to choose any topic that matters to them, or you may want to set some parameters. For example, you might ask the team to generate ideas for research topics that would help to improve their school life (broad parameters) or the way they are taught Maths (narrow parameters). One way to do this is to have a group brainstorm and write down everyone’s suggestions on a flipchart or whiteboard.

ProfHacker 101: Getting started with Zotero Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written quite a bit about organization. In addition to course materials and materials for our dossiers, we need to keep good track of our research materials and notes. A number of commercial tools exist for this purpose.

Found yourself in a referencing rut? Here are your best options… Are you getting the best out of your referencing software? Ellie Harries tackles Mendeley, Zotero and EndNote in a browse at the choices available for those who find themselves stuck in a referencing rut. Referencing is an essential feature of all academic research and rapid technological advances have contributed to the proliferation of programmes which can help researchers systematically manage their references. Referencing software allows researchers to build up personal libraries of articles, notes and citations and some tools even allow you to share papers and notes with colleagues. While all this is great, there so many options available that it can be hard to know where to begin. To help you make the right choice, this blog provides a short overview of three key reference management tools out there.

Choosing a Citation Manager: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero - Citations and Writing The following popular citation managers supported at UW Libraries provide the same basic features and functionality with some exceptions -- they will all allow you to save citations, organize them into folders or libraries, and generate bibliographies and citations as you write. Below are a few scenarios that might be helpful when choosing a citation manager. Once you have narrowed down the choices, the rest is personal preference. How to choose a reference manager Reference managers have become an essential component of any researcher’s toolkit, enabling them to store, reproduce and share their bibliographic information quickly and easily. Compatibility with standard word processing software has potentially saved days of extra work, manually creating and formatting references. Early Days The first package, Refman from Thomson Reuters was launched as early as 1984 (reference from Wikipedia); wider adoption of reference management software didn’t occur until the mid-nineties when the connected electronic environment facilitated database linking to individual computers. For more reference manager history, see From Sci-Mate to Mendeley - a brief history of reference managers from Nature Network Blog, Trading Knowledge (which has since ceased trading).

MyReading Project « C&LS Reading List Project For those of you who’ve added journal articles to MyReading from Summon, the recent upgrade has thrown a tiny spanner in the works — the new “Direct Linking” feature links directly from Summon to the article, and bypasses the link resolver page which has the “add this to MyReading” link. So, I’ve decided to bring forward something that I’ve had on the development back burner for a few months now… Adding Items Directly from Summon This is currently being beta-tested, so you won’t necessarily see it when you use Summon yourself, but the aim is to add a “MyReading” button next to every result…

How this guy used webinars to make $6,300/hour This guide is based on Mixergy’s interview with Lewis Howes. After an injury ended his career as a professional football player, Lewis Howes started a successful webinar business and made $6,300 in one hour. It was all done using webinars to drive sales, so we invited him to teach you how to do it. Lewis is the author of The Ultimate Webinar Marketing Guide, the book that teaches you how to connect with your audience, build your list, and use webinars to sell. Here are the actionable highlights from the interview.

Bryan Eisenberg's Website Testing &amp; Optimization Buyer's Guide For The Enterprise There are right ways and wrong ways to test. That’s why selecting the wrong website testing tool can carry steep consequences. Missed opportunities. Money left on the table. Building an Epic Buyer Persona Profile: a Totally Comprehensive Guide - Internet Marketing Blog. : Internet Marketing Blog. No one needs more irrelevant marketing messages in their life. To stand out amidst the noise in an era where 91% of marketers are creating custom content, it’s critical to invest in relevant information. In fact, a recent eMarketer study cited targeting content as a top priority for 47% of savvy companies. While your inbound strategy should revolve around creating content people love, it’s even more important to generate marketing that the right people love. Articles created to satisfy a broad segment of website visitors won’t capture the hearts of anyone. Developing a deep knowledge of your ideal customer, a concept known in the marketing realm as buyer persona profiling, is critical to increasing the relevance of your efforts.

7 Top Wishes of IT Project Managers CIO — Ah, the joys of being a project manager. From being treated like a servant of management and not being included in key decisions, to having priorities, tasks and deadlines constantly changed on them -- and then being blamed for delays and slipups -- IT project managers have a lot to deal with.But what if project managers could change all that? What if a genie could grant IT project managers three (project-related) wishes? What would project managers wish for? decided to find out -- and asked IT project managers, If you could have three project management-related wishes, what would they be? Here are the seven most-wished-for items.

SkySQL Raises $20M To Support Open-Source Relational Database MariaDB SkySQL has raised $20 million to deepen its support for MariaDB, the fast growing open-source relational database and the emerging database of choice for Wikipedia. The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from California Technology Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Open Ocean Capital and Spintop Private Partners. Until late this year, MariaDB had primarily been an engineering project but this year it emerged as a foundation SQL technology for Wikipedia and major Linux distributions such as Fedora and OpenSuse, said SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner. The round validates SkySQL’s approach to make MariaDB, the fastest-growing open-source database and considered the premiere alternative to MySQL.