Archive for March, 2007

March 25, 2007 0

Comparison of academic search engines and bibliographic software

By in Computing tips, Reference management, Resources, Software

Tweet The “beyond my mind” blog has a post comparing different academic search engines. The author also describes his search strategy: The way I search for scientific articles is pretty simple. Say I have a problem to solve that was assigned by some course teachers or my research supervisor. I mark some keywords and Google for [...]

March 16, 2007 2

5 ways of breaking the procrastination habit « Getting Things Done in Academia

By in Time management, Writing

Tweet  Mike Kaspari has a detailed piece on procrastination. The basic ideas he proposes to break procrastination streaks are solid advice. For example he proposes to start with a burst of timed activity (even if it’s just a 5 min burst). He recommends writing a list of reasons why we are not doing that important task [...]

March 10, 2007 1

Paperwork in the UK, the US, and Australia: getting worse?

By in Resources

Tweet Brazil (the movie) describes a society in which the Ministry of information retrieval dominates every aspect of society and there is a form to be filled for every action. One can even get a receipt for a husband (after filling a form that acknowledges receiving that receipt). This was supposed to be funny, but [...]

March 7, 2007 8

How do you submit seven papers in a month? interview with Dan Navarro

By in Cognitive science, Interviews, Resources, Teaching, Writing

Tweet Dan posted in his blog that he had managed to get seven papers out in the open literature in January. I had to interview him. AP.com: How do you manage your daily workload? Dan Navarro: A lot more pragmatically than I used to. I put an hour or so aside each morning to cover the [...]

March 2, 2007 11

Noise for academics

By in Writing

Tweet On the recent Google group The Efficient Academic, there was a short discussion about the best music to study to. Obviously this is a matter of personal choice to what kinds of music creates a calm relaxed focus state of mind. Most people find that non vocal music is the least distracting. Favourites of [...]