Saturday, December 13, 2008


I simply cannot believe Xmas is so close... don't ask me exactly how close because I have no idea what today's date is. I do know that it's Saturday, and that I'm going to school soon. I will also be going there tomorrow.... siiigh.

I'm trying to drum up some excitement over the holiday season but my oral defense is this coming Wednesday and thinking about it takes up a large chunk of my time. I have bought two Xmas items, both for my husband. That's it. I have a few vague notions involving handmade something-or-others which I'll give more thought to later in the week.

So. Handed in the written portion of my proposal on Dec 1st. I severely underestimated how long it would take to fill in references and figure out how to use Endnote, so that's pretty much what I did during the last 2 days. Since submitting I have thought of approximately 1000 things I should have included but didn't. Other students assure me this is normal but I am still annoyed with myself! One good thing about this exercise is that now I have a better idea how to pace myself and how long certain things will take.

Speaking of exercise, I haven't for about 1.5 months? A friend and I did sign up for a 5K in May though.

On a more positive note, I attended a conference in New Orleans last week. What a great city! I didn't see much this time around but would love to visit again.



Blogger lipcan3 said...

seriously, you should use Zotero instead of Endnote. Endnote is the devil's tool. If you'd like a tutorial let me know.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I haven't heard of that one - what makes it different from Endnote?

5:53 AM  
Blogger lipcan3 said...

it's totally flexible and integrates with the firefox browser. you can build a library of references, organize them into sub-collections, add notes to items, search across your items, and export bibliographies into one of many types of formats, depending upon what's necessary for you at the time.

they're also working on a web-based version and have grant money from the Mellon foundation at the Institute of Museum and Library services.

I taught a round of classes at the Museum recently that partially featured Zotero & research staff here were pretty excited.

there are some useful tutorials & screencasts on the zotero website

9:53 AM  

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