These are very helpful boards, frequented by knowledgeable and friendly posters. This thread could not have better timing for me.
I’m in a transitional time, about to begin a major research/writing project (dissertation). I am about to purchase Scrivener, after using it successfully several times on recent small projects.
Here’s the challenge: I have limited funds (about $100) to spend on software to help my academic work. I get the academic discount.
Scrivener is definitely on the list.
In addition, I’m trying to decide between a reference manager (Bookends/Sente), possibly adding Mellel (w/the B’ends bundle), and a note-taking, organizational tool (either DT Pro, Notebook, or possibly even Curio (if it won’t slow my aging maching down too much…)).
I had just about convinced myself to purchase Bookends. The trial has gone well, and the comfort of having a stand-alone application appealed to me, as well as the ease of integration with Scriv. However, after having upgraded my ibook G4 to leopard (which went surprisingly well!), Firefox now runs much better on my machine and I’ve given Zotero another look. The ease with which I can pull references really appeals to me and I may want to go that route after all, since saving the $70 would alllow me to get Scriv. and DTPro or something similar.
Here are my questions: what will I miss by going with Zotero over Bookends or Sente? Any suggestions regarding the other apps.
My primary needs are:
– a place for notetaking and storage of random data in a way that is easily accessible and easily brought into other applications
–Something intuitive and enjoyable enough that I can and will use quickly without a ton of upfront investment
If I could hire my own research assistant, I’d have them scan or type all the notes I’m trying to organize from the last decade of studying. I think in the long run, as I do some of this, DTPro is my option, but I’m not going to have a ton of time to play with it.
Thanks for your help.