March 10, 2017

Writing Academic Projects

This one-to-one online course (Skype) focuses on developing practical skills needed to plan and manage large academic  projects effectively (assignments, theses, dissertations).


Writing a thesis or dissertation is challenging. It involves reading hundreds of research papers and books. It also requires taking, organising, outlining , integrating and referencing  thousands of notes.

If you want to finish your project quickly, you need something better than ‘sticky notes’ and ‘MS Word’.

Fortunately, tools such as CITAVI or Scrivener simplify and dramatically accelerate academic writing.

About the course:

I provide my students with practical skills needed to plan and manage large academic projects effectively. During the training, I will encourage you to work on your current project.

I will walk you through every feature of academic software (Scrivener or Citavi) with clear instructions. Specifically, I will show you how to search for resources (journal articles, books, reports),  how simultaneously read books, research papers and create references and incorporate notes in the structure of your project. I will show you how to organise files, documents, and notes so everything is easy to find.

The course will guide you through all stages of a dissertation or thesis  writing.

Writing a dissertation cannot get easier than that!

I will teach you how to:

• undertake a literature search
• organise PDFs and books
• read and evaluate sources
• collect and organise notes
• outline project and assign tasks
• integrate notes into your writing
• organise your arguments
• reference your sources
• produce your first draft

Benefits for you:

• Substantial time savings (up to 40%)
• Knowledge Management Skills
• Better quality projects
• Avoiding accidental plagiarism
• New transferable skills
• More control over your project
• Less stress

£150 (3h)

We'll cover the following CITAVI topics:

• Starting a Project
• Creating a Local Project
• Adding References
• Adding a Book by Hand
• Adding a Contribution in an Edited Book
• Tips for Names of Persons
• Linking a File to a Reference
• Adding a Book by ISBN
• Adding Multiple Books by ISBN
• Selecting Catalogs for ISBN
• Importing PDF Files
• Searching Online
• Searching Library Catalogs with Citavi
• Searching Research Databases with Citavi
• Importing Settings Files
• Importing Results from Online Databases
• Importing Search Results with the Picker
• Adding a PDF File with the Picker
• Adding a Webpage with the Citavi Picker
• Adding Books by ISBN with the Picker Planning Your Work
• Planning Tasks
• Printing a Task List
• Selecting Catalogs for Location Searches
• Finding Library Locations
• Ordering Books
• Finding Full Text Organizing Knowledge
• Applying Keywords
• Adding Abstracts and Tables of Contents
• Evaluating a Reference
• Adding Notes
• Documenting Relationships
• Adding Quotations by Hand
• Annotating PDF Files
• Copying Quotations from Webpages
• Adding Image Quotations
• Creating Categories
• Organizing References by Category
• Sorting Quotations and Thoughts
• Saving Quotations and Thoughts as a Compilation Formatting a Publication
• Making a Selection
• Creating a Simple Project Bibliography
• Creating a Grouped Project Bibliography
• Printing an Annotated Project Bibliography
• Changing Citation Styles
• Creating a Publication with Word
• Creating a Publication with Writer
• Creating a Publication with LaTeX (forthcoming) Navigating and Searching
• Navigating within Your Project
• Quick Search within a Project
• Advanced Search within a Project Editing Projects
• Managing Lists
• Moving or Copying References
• Backing Up Your Projects
• Restoring a Project from a Backup
• Deleting Projects

I'll cover the following Scrivener topics:

  • Installing Scrivener
  • Binder and Document Management
  • Editor
  • Navigation
  • Split Screen
  • Inspector features
  • References Management
  • ​Scratchpad
  • Word targets
  • Searching
  • Collections
  • Compiling your Project
  • Backing up

You don’t need to have any special IT skills to benefit from my training.


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