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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.

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On your marks…get set…go

October 5, 2010 1 comment

I have now arrived in Dublin and started settling in to my PhD life. Most of the admin stuff has now been finalised, with some left to do, which I hope to finalize in the coming days. Yesterday I had a good meeting with my supervisor where we discussed the project more, and I know the way I should proceed for the next couple of months. I now have a better idea of the project and I am really excited about it. I was always interested in the area. However, now that I know certain further details, it is getting more appealing to me. I will now start working on my literature review. So in the next couple of days (months), I need to get proficient in using Refworks, the research management software used at DCU, and start trawling the library for papers and books.

I will try and keep you updated on my PhD progress, and any other research activity I get involved in.