As with a number of others (I assume) participating in the 23 Things course I was a bit shocked to see Wikipedia on the list of Things. After being told on one hand never to touch Wikipedia and on the other to only use it as a way to find references in your area, I thought it was an odd choice. I had a browse around my area of interest and using the ‘Random Article’ link, checking out the history and talk functions. Although interesting to see what people were saying, Wikipedia is not a site I will use often based on the lack of up to date information which is easier to find elsewhere.
I’ve never thought of listening to podcast before. After spending a few hours listening to a few podcasts has made me consider spending some time every week listening to science podcasts or other podcasts of interest. Some of the podcasts I listen to were The Infinite Monkey Cage, The Science Hour, and TED talks (specifically one by Monica Lewinsky).
Having had a browse of Slideshare, Note&Point, and Speak Deck, none of these contain information particularly relevant to my research. Sure they would be great to use for general interest but not for my PhD. I’m also not a fan of only having a PowerPoint presentation without a voiceover about the topic, which I couldn’t find on these websites. YouTube is much easier to find relevant videos in my area.
I had a look at the courses on Coursera, but found nothing useful that my undergraduate degree didn’t cover already. If I had more time it would be useful place to learn about other areas that I am interested in assuming they have those courses. After taking another look, there were courses on the site that were of interest, BUT the only way to prove that you have taken the course is to pay for a verified certificate. After all the money put into my undergraduate and postgraduate studies there is no way to justify spending more money to take a course that may or may not help me get a job.
Ever since my final year of my undergraduate, I have used Endnote as my referencing management tool of choice. It is an easy way of storing all my references, papers, and I can categorise my papers to make them easy to find. The only more complicated thing is producing the specific referencing style required, but this only takes a bit of fiddling to sort out.
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