When it comes to research work, having the right tools can make a big difference in efficiency, communication, and just general quality of life for the researcher. For my dissertation I have been working on a large meta-analysis, which has many different parts. Over the past several months I have tried various applications and ways of collaborating, and have learned a lot in the process. Now that I've reached a point where things are working smoothly, I wanted to share the tools I have found most helpful (for meta-analyses and research more broadly). While doing so, I also want to highlight the workflow that I've found to work well for my meta-analysis.Read More
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There are a lot of benefits to keeping a journal: improving writing, allowing experimenting with writing, promoting self reflection, helping to think through difficult thoughts, surfacing worries that may have gone unnoticed, and so on. In a previous post, I went into detail about how keeping a journal can also increase productivity. But finding a good journal to use can be difficult. It's something private, something personal, and something that you want to enjoy using. For those like me who want to use an electronic journal, the options can seem fairly limited. After searching for some time, I came across penzu and have been using it for a while. In this post, I'll give my impressions of penzu as a service for keeping a journal.Read More
As many of have said before me, academic writing generally isn't of the best quality. Part of it is due to the very neutral, unbiased tone which is good for science but dull to read. But more pressing is the lack of proper use of good sentence mechanics. Editors fix a lot of them, but it's good to learn how to get things right from the start, and we can begin by discussing some simple punctuation: en dashes and em dashes.Read More
One of the simplest and most useful tools I have learned about, yet find very few people using, is tab stops in word processors. Resumes/CVs, presentations, putting together forms for people to fill out, or just about any other type of document you may create can benefit from tab stops.
The purpose of tab stops is to do the very thing that arguably frustrates people the most when they are trying to format a document: making things line up properly.Read More