​Why You Should Use Software Tools for your Thesis or Dissertation?

 

Writing a PhD thesis or Masters Dissertation is hard. It involves reading hundreds of books and research papers and taking thousands of notes. Imagine you have just found an important journal article for your project.
​Even before you start to read it, you will need to give it a consistent and descriptive name.
​Then you will have to save it in the the right place on your computer. 
​The article needs to be accompanied by a correct bibliographic reference.
​​The article will have to be read, analysed and annotated. These notes and annotations will have to be extracted from the document with the reference source.
​The notes and annotations will have to be organised and incorporated into the structure of your thesis. Both notes and structure of your thesis need to flexible so it it easy to change things if needed.
​You will have to manage hundreds, perhaps thousands of notes and annotations. If you don’t know how to do it effectively, writing a thesis or dissertation will become a nightmarish experience.
​Abraham Lincoln famously said ‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’. Preparation is also the key to success in writing a thesis, dissertation or academic assignment.
Even before you start to work on your PhD thesis or Masters dissertation, you need to have your software tools and skills sharpened. Simply, you have to have a consistent and reliable workflow in place to manage your academic work.
Fortunately, it is easy with technology. Research tools such as Citavi, Scrivener, Evernote, CintaNotes, Zotero and Mendeley can be used to develop productive digital workflows. Although some of these tools might have a rather steep learning curve, once they are mastered, they will save you hundreds of hours. They will also allow you to stay in control of your thesis. Better thesis with less stress and frustration.