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Questions regarding the filing and organizing of digital and physical paperwork, articles etc.

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How to manage theorist's "labbook"?

Question: Are there any guidelines, sources, or examples of good practices for maintaining theorist's research notebook? Motivation and context: Maintaining a lab notebook is a much advised (if not ...
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Good practices for organizing notes

As a PhD student I generate a lot of pages with calculations, ideas and lecture notes. Most of them are useful only for a short amount of time, but some may be important for much longer (when writing ...
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Should I use reference manager software?

Should I use software for managing my references? What is the benefit of it? I can write down the references by myself, so I'm not sure what the benefit is.
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Best practices for organizing digital and physical articles

As a thirsty graduate student, I've amassed a burgeoning collection of research articles in both paper and digital formats. Right now I manage PDFs and references with Zotero, but I'm still searching ...
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How to organize my papers and notes from the beginning of my PhD? [duplicate]

I'm a first year PhD student. I'm in my first stage (doing a literature review) but I face problem in organizing the papers I read and the notes I take for all papers. Should I put all that in one ...
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How to keep and organize a research journal/log/diary/notebook? [duplicate]

I have read in multiple places that it is a good practice as an academic to keep a research journal. For example, Marie desJardins' paper How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and ...
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How to physically organize academic papers

I'm looking for an efficient way to organize academic papers on my bookshelf. I'm a CS PhD student and continue to amass a large number of papers that I periodically need to refer to. The PDFs of ...
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Guidlines for keeping adminstrative paperwork

I am not sure if this question is best here,, or someplace else ... I would like to clean off my desk before the semester starts (I am lucky and still have a couple of weeks). My ...
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Organizing data and files

Over the last four years I did a bunch of experiments (biotechnology, protein purification). Some of them are more valuable, some of them were just poorly designed (e.g. temperature not controlled, ...
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How to organize my binder of activities for review of time as assistant professor?

I am up for review and I must compile a lot of materials from my time as an assistant professor. Everything has to be submitted in hard copy in a binder. I would like to make it as easy as possible ...
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Is using Mendeley to organize my files a good idea? [closed]

My Library is already partially organized (manually) with regular filesystem folders. But it is pretty messy right now and getting unwieldy. Also several files should be renamed to something ...
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Is there any free alternative to Mendeley desktop app on Windows?

I have been using Mendeley for a very long time now. I use it for organizing and reading articles. I just noticed that it keeps removing files randomly from the folders and groups. I don't know the ...
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Project organization: files, docs, organization + icloud storage

I have separated my question into sub-questions as suggested in the comment by user “padovapadova“ ( see my original post) I started my PhD 3 weeks ago. I already read a lot of information, research ...
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Handling computer files in simulation-based research with multiple storage drives [closed]

Can somebody give me an advice about how to efficiently handle data files, source codes, documents, and manuscripts of research projects based on numerical simulations? My problem is that I use ...
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Can a statement of interest be a narrative storytelling kind of style? I'm doing this for a program

More specific is the prompt here: Share why you want to serve on this committee! Your statement of interest should describe your background, knowledge, and any experience that would add value to the ...
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