#academictwitter, do your new year's resolutions include being more organized when it comes to research? Here are some tips to help make that happen 1/
This workflow uses @zotero + Google Drive to centralize article/book PDFs in a cloud-synced folder. No more exporting PDFs to read on your tablet, no more searching around a dozen folders w/ names like Research Downloads (Recent Recent) youtube.com/playlist?list=… 2/
This workflow takes just a few minutes to set up, at which point it'll become a natural part of your research process. It probably won't help remember everything you've downloaded, but at least you'll know where to look 3/
My series Research/Craft interviews historians about the digital tools they use to organize their research materials + collaborate. Episodes #1 and #3 are most relevant to this thread youtube.com/playlist?list=… 4/
Though it's pitched to historians, this videos offers tips to finding library materials + keeping track of your own thoughts 5/
I break down the video in this thread from a new year's past 6/
My own academic resolutions include being more methodical about processing PDFs once I've read them: extracting my highlights, tagging/renaming the PDFs to indicate that they're done. I do this sometimes but not nearly enough 7/
I also have a lot to learn about the new DEVONthink, which is why I'm excited to be recording a new Research/Craft episode about it soon! 8/
What are your academic resolutions for 2021? They needn't be big goals. Mindful tweaks to the ways that we work can be hugely productive, enhancing our teaching + opening the way to more writing. Please share your ideas + tips! 9/*

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29 Aug 19
More thoughts on my book #ForgottenPeace + the nearly 3-year-old peace process in Colombia, after today's news that a group of FARC commanders are rearming 1/
I was supposed to spend today revising a much-overdue article on the FARC's founding myths + preparing a presentation on Colombia's current security situation for an upcoming international conference on asylum. Both questions come together in today's news 2/
(Thread will be slow to unfold, as school hasn't started yet here + my kids are still home. Espero publicar el hilo pronto en español también) 3/
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21 Jun 19
How to get archive catalog entries from PDF to a spreadsheet, using Zotfile and regular expressions. Still plan to do a video on this later, but for now here’s the process via thread. #twitterstorians #regex 1/
What you'll need: app to mark up the PDF (I use iAnnotate on the iPad; Preview works too), @Zotero plus Zotfile, non-Word text editor (I use TextMate on Mac; hear Notepad++ is great for PC) for regular expressions, spreadsheet app 2/
Regular expressions are a sort of syntax used across varying programming languages. Think of them as a fancy find-and-replace. I can't do them justice here (there are plenty of guides online), but here's a cheat sheet for the commands I model here 3/
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3 Jun 19
Rising college junior who's just declared as a history major? Congratulations! Interested in getting a jump on next year + beyond? Following several conversations I've had on this IRL, here are a couple pieces of advice. #twitterstorians 1/
These are largely things I would cover in a junior methods seminar. Hopefully your dept. has one; maybe it comes as a senior capstone. Whatever the case, it's never too early or late to start thinking about working more efficiently or improving your writing 2/
Tip #1: Sign up for @zotero. If that's as far as you get, you're already ahead. To unlock next level, check out a quick tutorial (libguides.princeton.edu/zotero), see how you might add sources. Formatting notes/bibliography can wait until the fall 3/
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15 Feb 19
Trump’s emergency declaration + what it means for US democracy over the medium to long term has echoes in my research on Colombian politics in the 20th century 1/
Under Colombia’s 1886 constitution (in place until 1991), the president could declare a state of siege “in cases of foreign war, or internal upheaval.” This gave him authority to suspend existing legislation, issue extraordinary decrees 2/
The state of siege was invoked several times between 1886 + the 1940s, often on a regional basis. The key moment came in July 1944, a group of military officers + Conservative Party collaborators kidnapped President Alfonso López. The govt declared a nationwide state of siege 3/
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9 Jan 19
With #AHA19 out of the way, the new year has begun for #twitterstorians. If one of your resolutions is to do research more effectively, here are my methods videos from 2018. In this thread, I'll break down the videos w/ separate links for each section
Using the library. This also introduces the color-coding scheme that undergirds keeping my entire approach to organizing research materials.
Keeping up on books in your field.
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El 6 de diciembre se cumplirá el 90o aniverario de la masacre de las #bananeras
Para conmemorar la masacre, voy a tuitear durante los próximos meses sobre los momentos claves de la movilización social que culminó en la masacre y sobre los efectos de la masacre. #bananeras90
La masacre de las #bananeras es el sujeto de uno de los capítulos de mi segundo libro. Sería útil trabajar los documentos con todos acá
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