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A Rant

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I know this should be my PhD blog, where things should be more official, but today I need to rant. I ranted this morning with my sister, but the rant is still not fully out. I have now been on PhD adventure for the past month today. Most of the time has been spent reviewing literature. This is where my rant comes in. Some people who design/plan journals obviously do not really make use of them to read and review what is written. This is because they make it really hard for anyone to follow through.

What is wrong with in-text citations being (Fenech, 2010)? First there is the use of numbered in-text citations. Therefore to check who said something, you need to flip to the back (or else to the end of the pdf document), therefore losing where you are and your thought process. But anyways that is somewhat acceptable. Space is money in this industry (although most are nowadays accessed mainly online, so this is no longer such a critical issue I would imagine).

However the thing which riles me the most is where once you flip over to the end of the paper, you are only given the authors, year of publication, journal, volume and page number. The title is conveniently missing. This makes it really hard to figure out which paper this is, especially where multiple papers are written by the same team in the same year.

Oh well…breathe in and out and keep calm. All will be well 🙂

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Refworks

October 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Today I went into Uni, ready to work. The most important thing on my agenda was to understand how the Reference Management Software used at DCU functions. The software is called Refworks. I had never used it before. However I understand the need for having organised references. All the work done at the beginning pays off big time towards the end. I used the tutorial available online, since classes in the subject are still a way off from being organised. It was quite easy, as everything is explained step by step. I like the way Refworks is set up. It seems to be quite user-friendly and simple to import citations, and keeping the citations linked to pdf documents etc. It is also web-based and therefore it is easy to access it from any location.

I am however still not convinced in the ease of introducing in-text citations. Refworks comes up as a separate window, and not inbuilt into Microsoft Word. So each time you have to go out of the window, scroll through all the papers you have (could not find a search function), and cite it. I do not think it is that user-friendly, especially once you have loads of papers. I have experience using BibTex, and while it may not be that easy to import citation data (or at least I never used it, but I think there is a way to do it), it was much easier to input in-text citations.

Now that I know how to use Refworks, I hope to become more proficient in it, in order to start effectively searching for relevant articles and saving their details effectively.