Posts tagged tips
Posts tagged tips
When saving a large amount of research and reference articles to your computer or thumb drive, there are a number of things you can do to make life much easier for yourself in the long run.
Another helpful tip:
Consider where your attention lies in references or citations both when you save your sources and when you organize them. Long titles will be far easier to scan in the “List” view of a folder, as opposed to the “Tile” or “Thumbnail” settings many people use as a default. If your files have other pertinent information in its properties — publication, tags or keywords, authors, etc. — the “Details” view can allow you to sort files by those pieces of information as well as by the typical file name, date modified, or other basics.
For example: I write using APA style, where the researchers take front and center; after a few years of it, I’m far more likely to remember the names of the authors of an article than I am the title. Certain properties of the PDFs I work with are unalterable and don’t always include the correct authors, but if they did I could arrange them alphabetically by author in the “Details” view. Instead, my file names include the author’s name before the title. Beginning each file name with the last name of the first researcher that would be listed in the references page and in-document citations means I can find the work I’m referencing almost immediately from there.
I worked with a professor and researcher who couldn’t necessarily remember either, but could tell you the year it was published because the research was all very current and every new finding was substantial. She and I would have greatly benefited from including publication years in the titles, if we’d thought of it at the time. This is especially helpful when working with news articles, historical texts, or court documents.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to taking my own advice a little too late. Over sixty articles and only a handful of the names tell me what they actually are…maybe I need to find myself a research assistant.