Greetings, all! I hope this post finds you well!
Every so often I hone my academic workflow. As far as I’m concerned, this comes with the territory, and it is important to sharpen the saw and increase in efficiency and accuracy. The workflow in the PDF shared below works for me for a good and relatively simple but accurate flow (as far as the DIGITAL side is concerned).
ASIDE: About the “sharpening the saw” metaphor: I learned of it from reading Stephen Covey’s books. The metaphor of “sharpening the saw” is simple: It is counterproductive to spend all of your time sawing and neglecting to sharpen the saw when a simple SHARPENING OF THE SAW could enable you to get the tree cut down in just a few strokes, saving TONS of effort and work and time in the process.
Number of programs involved in this particular configuration of the digital side of the academic researcher-writer’s workflow:
- Mendeley (There’s a FREE version. I use the paid version so that all of my PDFs and notes and annotations are backed up!)
- Google Scholar (a website that’s FREE to use)
- Citavi (There’s a FREE version that’s just as good as the paid one. The paid version simply allows more than 100 sources for each Citavi file. NOTE: Be sure to back up your Citavi file via the Citavi menu option to do so.)
- MS Word (not free)
- OPTIONAL: Scrivener (not free)
Please let me know if you have any questions about this workflow.
NOTE: I am aware that a Prezi with embedded video demonstration of each step in the flow chart would be awesome. Once I’m done thesis-sing, I hope to create such a Prezi! In the meanwhile, feel free to email me or post a question via the comment feature (simply click the “quote bubble” icon above to do so): I’ll answer any questions I can!
Wishing you PEACEFULNESS and ENJOYMENT in your academic work. Onwards and UPWARDS!!!