Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Fun and A New Research Tool

Friday is finally here, so come take advantage of the two fun events planned for today. GW Memsi is hosting a lunch (noon in Rome 771) with Ben Tilghman where he will discuss his paper "The Enigmatic Nature of Things." For more details, check out the GW Memsi Blog. Then stick around for EGSA's first Happy Hour of the new year at Founding Farmers from 5 to 7pm. This is a great opportunity to hang out with like-minded friends before the semester becomes too crazy. Check out our Facebook invite for details and to rsvp.

We also wanted to share a new research tool that is taking the academic community by storm. Ever heard of Zotero? The Chronicle for Higher Education posted about it a while back, but it was this graduate student blog post that made us take a second look. Essentially it is a reference tool that grabs citation information from any source that you want to catalogue (much like other programs), however it also gives you the unique ability to add notes to the references, to tag the references, and draw connections between them. Check out their introduction video here to see examples. We are still learning the interface, but it seems to have great potential. This is just one of many digital tools that could be helpful to your work including our *favorite* tool Dropbox. If you have other tools you would like to share or if you have questions about these, please do not hesitate to send us an email or leave a comment below.

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