Scrivener and Zotero

If you are doing a lot of writing (or hanging out with writers…) you may have come across Scrivener – a well, this is a bit hard to describe… sort of word processor for serious writing, especially long texts – like the ones that Word loves to play funny stuff like strange formatting with – or at least makes it seriously annoying to deal with (scroll through 100 pages… sure!).

Scrivener isn’t, of course, only for people writing long novels. It can actually be a pretty neat tool for academics, too. Especially if you are a bit like me, and like to forget what my next argument was going to be… Because Scrivener handles parts of a document more like a set of “cards”, which you can move around at will, it makes it easy to think through an outline of a chapter or even a paper, and then organise all the arguments before sitting down to write everything up – before rendering it into that final copy that will appear in the next masterpiece ready for the Journal of Superlative Academic Papers.

Scrivener also has a lot of other tools to make writing easier: From a split screen allowing you to quickly browse through research documents, like key articles, to productivity meters giving you target word counts and progress for sessions (for example, if you take part in #acrimo) or sections of you documents. BUT …as much as all of these things are useful and make it easy to write, Scrivener has one serious limitation for academics – and that is the lack of integration with referencing software like EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero. But that does’t mean you can’t use them or Scrivener – it just requires a bit of extra work. Depending on how you feel about Scrivener (especially as a useful substitute to something like Word) – you may think it is worth the extra effort.

I haven’t tried Scrivener with EndNote or Mendeley, but with Zotero there are two relatively easy ways to ensure you can work with Scrivener and Zotero and let Zotero format your references etc.

more here - Scrivener – and Zotero | Stephan Dahl.

5 reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener

Writing a thesis is painful. And it should be. But the pain should rest in wrestling with ideas and data not with software. Scrivener takes the pain out of the software side and ensures that your attention is always in the right place.

more here - 5 reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener | Academic workflows on Mac.

Research Papers and Gourmet Cooking

Dear researchers and writers,

As you embark on your research paper for me, I’d like to offer a few thoughts and suggestions.Research can be incredibly fascinating, and it’s something I’ve much enjoyed since beginning high school debate, way back in the fall of 1982. Yes, the glory days—the days of Reagan, Rush, and Blade Runner. Indeed, research can open up entirely new worlds to you; I could only compare it to reading chapter books for the first time and entering the sub-created realms of the best authors. It many ways, though, it proves itself more fulfilling than reading the work of another. You hunt, find, and revel in the words of another, placing each piece of evidence into a larger puzzle, a puzzle that you ultimately build and solve. Research, when done well, increases your knowledge, your wisdom, and your vocabulary, and it gives you a certain gravitas in all areas of your life, professional and otherwise.

more here - Research Papers and Gourmet Cooking- The Imaginative Conservative.

Literature from Zotero (in German)

In the category of ” scientific work “, we show you how you can hinbekommen a good and meaningful academic workflow.

If you with Scrivener works (a good alternative to MS Word) to write your lyrics, then you have surely you ever wondered, as you can put there your bibliography clean and recompile later without problems for LaTeX.

As a free and open source license under veröffentliches reference management software is suitable for Zotero .

more here -  Literature from Zotero about biblatex my Scrivener / / studi point.

Historian’s Macroscope- how we’re organizing things

We are all fans of Scrivener, too, for the way it allows the bits and pieces to be moved around, annotated, rejected, resurrected and so on. Two of us are windows folks, the other a Mac. We initially tried using Scrivener and Github, as a way of managing version control over time and to provide access to the latest version simultaneously. This worked fine, for about three days, until I detached the head.

via Historian’s Macroscope- how we’re organizing things | Electric Archaeology.

Announcing RTF/ODF Scan for Zotero

Support for Scrivener and google docs is one of the most frequently requested Zotero features. It is with great excitement that Frank Bennett and I announce today RTF/ODF Scan for Zotero, a Zotero plugin that extends Zotero support to any word processor capable of saving/exporting ODF (Open Document Format — .odt). You can find a brief, but comprehensive set of instructions on the project webpage. Here some additional comment and pictures.

via Announcing RTF/ODF Scan for Zotero | The Zoteroist.

Scrivener and Zotero

Scrivener is awesome software for writing, that I’ve mentioned before, but I had yet to really test out the integration with Zotero (my citation manager of choice). So now that I have finally started on my dissertation writing in earnest (and not grant writing), I needed to make sure that footnotes are usable in my work flow. So this is a quick write up of the tools I will use in writing my dissertation, and how I will use them.

via Scrivener and Zotero.