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What is Qualitative Research?

As the demand for deeper understanding and nuanced insights grows across sectors like education, business, healthcare, and government, the value of qualitative research skyrockets. Grasping...

The Basics of Document Analysis

Document analysis is the process of reviewing or evaluating documents both printed and electronic in a methodical manner. The document analysis method, like many other...

Citavi Updates (März 2023)

Wir haben Citavi 6.15.2 veröffentlicht und laden Sie ein, diese Version zu installieren, um die unten aufgeführten Fehler zu beheben. Falls Sie nach dem Öffnen...

Odyssey of a Journal Article

How can I find the journal article my professor mentioned?  My professor recommended a journal article for my research paper... but she didn't mention the exact title, author, or journal name. Now how...

Bibliography hacking

Let your sources' bibliographies do your searching for you Do you often feel like you’re searching for sources in the all the wrong places? Or maybe...

Saving Webpages Long-Term

Tips for saving webpages, blogs, and articles We all know people who prefer to print things they find online before reading them. For me, it’s...

Can you plagiarize yourself?

And other questions regarding self-citation You’re an undergraduate student with a double major in Political Science and Chinese Studies. You write a research paper for...

Get the Gist

Use summaries to better understand difficult academic texts On Monday morning my co-worker asked me about my weekend, as he always does. I replied, “I...

Three studying tips

Stop pulling all-nighters for good “Guess I’ll just have to pull another all-nighter,” was a phrase I said all-too-often during my studies. It seemed that...

Eat your frog or easy win?

Two approaches for starting your writing sessions  Now that it’s summer, if you’re a graduate and postgraduate student, you’re likely settling in to a writing routine to try to make progress on your dissertation. When your...

Make this your year

Our 6 top tips for a successful new semester A new academic year is a great chance to start over. It’s a time to say...

What is #AcWriMo?

All about Academic Writing Month For many academics, the month of November is associated with making progress on a writing goal. In this blog post,...

No More Multitasking

Taking your research paper one step at a time Whenever it’s morning in the office and the telephone is ringing, countless emails remain unread in...

Focus, please!

Why smartphones are so distracting and how you can build your concentration skills Think back to the last time you were really concentrated on your writing and completely in the...

Help for Hoarders

Three steps for taking control of a growing collection of sources. It's go time. Your advisor's parting words are still ringing in your ears, "Good luck...

The One-Inch Picture Frame

The single best piece of advice for getting unstuck when writing a dissertation – or anything else A while back I wanted to start doing...

Get it from the source

Why you should avoid secondary citations Did you hear what Anna said? I heard from a friend who heard from her boyfriend’s brother that she...

A tool like any other

What you need to know before using reference management software Imagine you want to hang up a picture, so you pick up a hammer to...

Taking a look back

A selection of posts from the first year of the blog The blog team is taking a break this week, but we dove into our...

Three Ways to Read Better on a Computer, Tablet, or Phone

Reading on screen versus on paper may impact how much you remember. Here’s what you can do. Coursework and research projects require a lot of reading. As more and more articles and books become available in electronic format, it's likely you’ll be doing much of this reading on a screen. However, research studies have shown that you may retain less information when you read something on screen rather than on paper.  Reading on screen versus on paper  Researchers have found problems with retention when reading onscreen materials. One study of tenth-grade students found that they had better recall and had better reading comprehension when they read a text on paper versus on screen. Another study from 2005 looked at changes in reading over the course of the last ten years. It showed that when people read on-screen, they tend to jump around more in the text rather than reading in a linear, focused manner.  ...

What is open science?

Knowledge beyond the ivory tower Whenever I watch someone perform a magic trick, I wonder, “How did he or she do that?” In vain –...

Head in the cloud?

Helpful online tools for academics When was the last time technology left you stranded? For me it was when I was stuck on hold with...

The open access premise

Making sure everyone has a piece of the (knowledge) pie Imagine that you buy a bushel of apples from your local supermarket and then bake...

Creativity tools for academics

And how your reference management software can help In our last post, we looked at some strategies for being more creative from the book Creativity in Research....

Creativity on demand?

A look at the Planned Accidents blog authors' idea generation and writing process In this third post in our creativity series, blog authors Jenny and...

Talking to the screen

5 tips for Citavi (and other) webinars This blog post is especially meant for Citavi instructors, their colleagues, and future Citavi Champions who want to share their...

Basic Cost Engineering with @RISK

This article offers a simple and concise explanation of the Monte Carlo simulation, a technique that combines statistical concepts (random sampling) with the ability of...

Scholarly Writing Institute Recap

Scholarly Writing Institute Recap Enhance your writing skills and discover digital tools to assist with the publishing process. NVivo and Citavi have once again partnered...

Book Building: Room by Room

Setting aside the issue of expertise, even mid-career academics have a hard time imagining how they could make the investment of time to write a...

7 Tips for Citing Links

Our recommendations for working with URLs Gone are the days of citing only printed materials when writing a research paper or thesis. Depending on your...

How to write a proposal

The blueprint for your writing project In everyday language, the word “proposal” is probably most frequently used in the context of marriage or business. In...

Ocean's Eleven your thesis

Form your own academic dream team Who doesn’t love a good heist flick? A team of misfits, each with their own unique specializations, gets together...

Digital highlighting done right

Methods for annotating academic texts Do you have any academic guilty pleasures? During my studies, I certainly did: highlighters. I absolutely loved marking up my...

The New NVivo Sample Projects

QSR has long been committed to making NVivo intuitive and easy to learn.  The newest version of NVivo, released March 2020, includes five sample projects which illustrate how NVivo can be...

All about boredom

Why we avoid it, why we shouldn’t, and strategies to get through it At the time of writing, Switzerland continues to recommend staying and working...

Applause for the new NVivo

Kristi Jackson, trusted NVivo expert and trainer has reviewed the new NVivo and shares her thoughts. A Visual Delight Import > Organize > Explore!  This...

Tips for online learning

Get the most out of the e-learning experience When we published our last blog post two weeks ago, the world was a very different place...

A treasure trove of tags

Think outside the box and develop your own system of keywords or labels We like to put documents – and people – in boxes. This...

Show your readers the way

Tables of contents, lists of figures, and other "signposts" for your text If you’re in a new place, you’ll often spend a few minutes trying...

The outline

An itinerary for your writing journey Whenever I have a vacation coming up, I create a rough itinerary for myself. I decide where I want...

What are Real Options?

Real options are the flexibilities that are inherent in general business or other decision situations. In general, a real option is present in any decision...

A citation style glossary

Citation terms explained in plain English As a university student, you’re expected to adhere to citation style guidelines for your papers – but that can...

The Final Polish

Proofreading and copyediting can make your work really shine. Here's what you need to know. There's nothing like typing the last sentence of your thesis...

How to Survive Group Writing Projects

Top Tips for Successful Teamwork People rarely feel neutral about meetings, collaborative projects, and shared presentations. Many have a love/hate relationship with teamwork. The pros...

What's new in NVivo 12

The new NVivo 12 is here, and I’m very excited to share with you all the new features and improvements that are available across both...

Welcome to Planned Accidents

Accidents are part of the research process. Many breakthroughs come about unexpectedly or by mistake. Wouldn't it be great if you could more consistently obtain such eureka moments in your...

University of Plymouth

Dr. Sachin Kumar Mangla of the UK’s Plymouth Business School uses @RISK in his research on risk management in sustainable supply chains in India. Dr....

Monte Carlo…Or Bust?

The reinsurance industry has endured numerous larger than expected losses in the last decade or so -- everything from Hurricane Katrina to the global financial...

The Rise of the NOMFET

By now we’ve become accustomed to the marvels of neural network technology and, in fact, inured to the advances it brought in statistical analysis with...

The DNA of Cement

A team of MIT scientists calling themselves Liquid Stone made a breakthrough (as it were) discovery about cement.  The Romans used cement to build their remarkable...

Palisade - Quantifying Risk

@RISK is used to assess the relative benefits of different drilling strategies for Lundin, a small exploration company, for field development. Click here to read...

Academics Tackle Epidemics

A discussion of how modelling software is having an impact on monitoring the spread of global diseases. An example using @RISK to combat avian flu...

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