Category Archives: reference management

Academic reference management: Some useful features in Bookends

Bookends, which I’ve written about previously here, has been my reference manager of choice for a while. In this post, I’ll highlight some useful features in Bookends that help me organise and manage my literature. Keywords and smart groups I’m … Continue reading

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Organising your research (and the rest of your life) with Devonthink

I’ve been meaning to write a post on Devonthink for a while, and while I initially wanted to explore some more of its features first, two things prompted me to write this up now: First, a conversation I had with … Continue reading

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Academic workflows revisited

It’s been a year since I wrote this post on academic workflows. The way I work has changed a bit since then – some apps have gone out, some have been added, and the relationship between some of them have … Continue reading

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Managing your research literature: Sente versus Bookends

While I have been using Sente for a while to manage my PDFs, I’ve been curious about Bookends since I first heard about it, and recently I decided to check it out. In this post, you’ll find my first impressions … Continue reading

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Academic workflows: when to use what, and how

Dellu (who has blog very similar to mine, but addressing Windows, check it out here) left me a very good question on my post about Circus Ponies Notebooks: How do you develop your workflow between Scrivener, Papers , Sente and … Continue reading

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Reviewing literature with Circus Ponies Notebooks: not just a fluffy, pink pony

When I first had Circus Ponies Notebooks recommended to me on an online forum, the name gave me associations to a note book for fourteen year olds girls filled with pink little ponies. Thankfully, I decided to have a look … Continue reading

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Working with literature reviews: Getting a bird’s eye view with Excel

Excel is neither very ‘mac’ nor a traditional tool for literature reviews, but I’ve decided to create a brief post on how I use it to get a quick glance of a large body of literature. First, I create an … Continue reading

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