I am in the position of coming back to study after abandoning a PhD (and an academic career that was underpaid and overworked!) a couple of years ago.
The last time I was studying, I was straddling a cusp of analogue/digital for my work that was uncomfortable & time consuming as I was always looking for ways to improve & manage the project I was working on
I am going back this year to do a Grad Dip & because it is in a different area from my usual one, I consider this an excellent time to really try to build my research from the ground up in a digital format. This would include lecture notes onwards. I envision building notes, research, bibliography etc all from the start on a computer.
I currently own NoteBook & am testing Scriv. I also have SOHOnotes )and am comparing yojimbo)
If you were starting again, from scratch, what would your approach be?
Would you use a laptop for lecture/tutorial notes (& what program would you use for this?)
What software would you use for your workflow & how would you go about using it?
Any other suggestions?
I have just made 2x ‘test’ projects for the semester:
One in NoteBook with dividers for
admin stuff etc
One binder for each course with sub-binders for lecture notes, tute notes, assignments, reading lists, notes from reading, clippings/research
I have set up a scriv project with similar
At the moment, I see myself using the following:
Notebook for everything connected to the semester
Scriv for writing assignments, importing research and relevant quotes/notes for each paper
SOHO/Yojimbo for storing of stuff initially if a)it is personal b) I am unsure if I will use it, or c) it’s an initially query to be followed up only at this point
Bookends for biblio etc
Mellel or similar for final output with Bookends
Filing cabinet for documents etc … (not sure on retrieval/storage system here?)
Has anybody used anything similar to manage their research digitally?
Any feedback and/or suggestions on whether this is even feasible?
I am happy to buy a laptop if this is something that can work but I am used to taking/making notes with a pen & paper & then putting a document together from my analogue notes & I am unsure if this type of a system can actually be successful as I need things to be simple in order to be productive …
Also - has anybody got feedback re turning ALL readings (apart from items that are owned) into pdf’s or something along those lines?
I’m not sure if I am being unrealistic? - it was not too long ago that doing something like maintaining a large virtual library was next to impossible due to hard drive limitations and the lack of quality devices. hence my ‘straddling’ …
Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated
EDIT: I am also up for suggestions re tablets, pens, portable scanning devices etc … I am (hopefully) getting funded to undertake the course so I will have a few spare dollars for equipment.
I have never used a tablet & a wondering if it i actually feasible to simply take notes by hand this way - or is it too imperfect a technology as yet?
Could this be done in NoteBook?
Does anyone use a portable scanner in the library for instance?