Ah.. back in early July, summer holidays after a manic school year…. 2 -ish months to really catch up on the literature! No excuses..
But….where to start? Where to venture and how far ? More to the point..could I find my way back again?! A few buoys were needed… digital ones.
First up, Endnote Web.. genius, and available to me via my university online. It took a bit of jigging and tweeking but I quickly discovered 3 useful tricks: 1) Input all my references – TAGGED-saving hours of work; 2) Export some / all references into an (editable) bibliography in MS Word (even on a Mac) and 3) Cite-as-I-write in Word docs.. very cool tool (whenever I’ll need it).
Second, Evernote http://www.evernote.com/ .. A fab (free) piece of software for writing all my notes, TAGGING them, grouping, emailing/sharing, uploads, downloads.. you name it, it does it. It can even sync to other devices eg via an app and be read offline / mobile.
Finally, Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/ (Also free) and my ‘Back Up’ heaven.. so I have no excuse to ever lose a bibliography or another note again. I can access it anywhere with internet and share/collaborate documents, photos, videos etc
So that’s it.. all set on the reading front..Losing myself in the literature has been rather interesting over the last few weeks, but at this stage of the adventure, I’m glad I left a trail back to base.
Writing..? Well, that’s all for another summer wave I reckon 🙂