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Dear All, 

I am looking for a card system, an archive system to keep my notes for PhD-research, to easily retrieve them, combine and so on. Is Evernote is the right one for this or do you advice me another system? Thank you.  

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On 2017-10-05 at 1:24 AM, Bidel said:

I am looking for a card system, an archive system to keep my notes for PhD-research, to easily retrieve them, combine and so on. Is Evernote is the right one for this or do you advice me another system? Thank you.  

I think Evernote excels at "to easily retrieve"
There is extensive search features; notes are listed in a simple title index, with snippet and card options
Content is ocr'd and indexed for searching.
Notes can be tagged for easy acess

I archive notes by assigning an "Archive" tag
Notes are linkable; There is a merge function on the Mac/Win platforms

You should create a free account and try out the features

Evernote includes an editor that's adequate for basic notes but I don't consider it a replacement for a dedicated word processor app
I use Word/Pages and attach the documents to a note
Evernote allows any format file to be added as an attachment.  Office/iWork/pdf/image documents are included in the search index

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Bidel, Evernote is exactly the right software to organize your notes. Wish I had it 20 years ago when I did my dissertation. I suggest your research project be a STACK and each chapter in your project be a NOTEBOOK. Each entry will be a NOTE. Use TAGS to identify the to[ic for each note.  

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Hi, 

I had this discussion lately. I prefer citavi for my PhD work, since it integrates with word, meaning citation is much easier. 

However, if you work on a Mac and/or don't need the citation feature, Evernote should work. 

It's the old dicsussion of Notebooks v tags, but you could have your whole thesis structure replicated by tags (e.g. Introduction - main part - conclusion) with hierarchical subtags, which would give you the option to use a note containing the source (a pdf file for example) and tag it according to where in your phd you'll use the source. 

 

Regards 

Alex 

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1 hour ago, Lexbrkly said:

I prefer citavi for my PhD work, since it integrates with word, meaning citation is much easier. 

 However, if you work on a Mac and/or don't need the citation feature, Evernote should work.

My notes in Evernote contain files of many formats including MS Word.  If that's a format you need to use, it's supported in Evernote.

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3 hours ago, DTLow said:

My notes in Evernote contain files of many formats including MS Word.  If that's a format you need to use, it's supported in Evernote.

Hi DTLow, 

Sorry if I expressed myself unclearly.

What I meant was that with citavi, I have the option in word to insert the citation of the text as a footnote, the form of the citation being related to what kind of text (e.g. article, judgment etc.) it is. Meaning the citation of the text is the same throughout the document and I can change it later as well. It's a bit off-topic, check out a description of citavi if I am still unclear. 

Cheers 

Alex

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On 10/5/2017 at 4:24 AM, Bidel said:

Dear All, 

I am looking for a card system, an archive system to keep my notes for PhD-research, to easily retrieve them, combine and so on. Is Evernote is the right one for this or do you advice me another system? Thank you.  

Hi Bidel,

Like others on this forum,  I agree that Evernote (as well as other apps) can help as you work on your dissertation.  Since there is life after completing your doctoral studies, I would urge you to develop a knowledge management strategy that will allow you to use what you read and write during your coursework and research as you continue your post-doc career.  I worked on team a few years ago that developed some suggestions for grad students for organizing and synthesizing your information in Evernote.  The link to the site is:  http://evernoteaturi.wikispaces.com/

Good luck with your studies!

Jay Fogleman

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