With computers, and especially mind mapping software, new possibilities evolved.
In this part of the tutorial we explain how use academic search engines to find relevant literature.
Some users consider this approach as being too structured and prefer tagging instead.
Tagging allows assigning multiple keywords (tags) to a file independent of the file’s physical storage location.
As a Ph D student, you will spend years on compiling your Ph D thesis.
We highly recommend reading this other tutorials to find the process that works best for you to organize your literature, to manage your references, and to write your thesis. The final part covers how to write a thesis, which includes the management of references and the creation of the bibliography.
Without using tools, you must be a genius to remember every interesting fact and idea you have read.
Before the computer-age, academics relied on index cards, (post it) notes, highlighting pens, indices, etc.
Free alternatives to commercial literature databases include Cite Seer, Sci Plore’s collection, which is accessible through Docear.
Often, but not always, Google Scholar provides a free download link to articles in its listings.