Note-taking Part A

After watching the video clip about evernote, I found it might be useful for your research especially in terms of sorting out all different kinds of information we may accumulate during our research. As evernote has the sort of folder function, we can basically create all sorts of theme based or subject based or whatever based “folders” to compartmentalise our notes. It all depends on how you wanna group your notes.

Tagging is also another feature of evernote, personally I think it is feasible to create a system of tags (e.g. author, subject, type of data, ect.) to index our notes,  the problem is that it may duplicate our work if we already use refworks to manage our information pool.

Adding attachments is another useful feature of evernote. I may attach pics to the note, coz pics won’t be too large compared with other forms of attachments such as MP3 or MP4. I am not sure whether evernote is unlimited or not in terms of attachments. Otherwise, we should be careful adding large attachments.

As to sharing, I am not sure whether the shared notes are editable or not, if it is just for sharing but can not be edited. I think people will just use google drive for sharing and editing.

Last but not least email integration, I am sure the feature is there for a reason, but I just don’t know how much it will benefits us on notes-taking level. By which i mean i probably won’t use it.


References Management

References were so annoying before I knew any reference management tools. I literally manually type every single piece of references into my bibliography. After I got introduced to some reference management tools such as refworks, Endnote, Zotero, I felt such a relief.

The main tool I use is refworks coz it is the first tool I was introduced to. It is so easy to use and manage my data. I don’t see any other reasons why I should try something else. As to references management, I usually create a folder for a paper I am working on, and put every references into it. Within the same folder, I normally will subgroup the articles that I have referenced. If the article I am very interested in and would like to carry out a similar study based on it, I will put it into my replicable study folder. Basically, I create folders based on themes.


Childhood memory: Sugar man

Blowing a sugar man is one of the most classic folk art in China. It is such a pity that this kind of handcraft has already faded away from Chinese’s modern life. I still remember the first I saw it like 20 years ago, I was so blown away by craftsman’s skills of blowing a sugar man. Literarily it was a magic to me at that time, it was like 1 2 3 some lifelike things made out of these craftsmen.


Chinese hard candies by See-ming Lee (Available under a CC attribution licence 2.0 at the Original link)