What’s up with in-house styles?

With tens of thousands of different citation styles already available, why are new citation styles still being created by universities, departments, and individual professors? In this blog post we attempt to answer this question.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 6/30/2020
Tags: Citation Good to know

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Digital highlighting done right

Have you ever marked up a text with highlighters only to realize at the end that you didn't understand it at all? You're not alone! Thankfully, there are a number of approaches you can use to help you better analyze your readings. Learn about five effective methods you can use with Citavi in this blog post.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 6/2/2020
Tags: Reading tips

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Build a search engine for your courses

Sick of hunting around for presentation slides, a syllabus, readings, or other documents from your courses?
Our latest blog post describes how you can create your own system to keep track of all of the paper and electronic handouts you get in your classes.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 5/5/2020
Tags: Work better Knowledge organization

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All about boredom

Stuck at home and bored out of your mind? Why not learn what's behind the emotion we all try so hard to avoid, strategies for dealing with it, and why boredom might actually have some positive effects.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 4/21/2020
Tags: Work better Time management

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Home office "how-to's"

It can be tough to adjust to working at home if you were previously working somewhere else. In this post, our Citavi team members who have worked at home for years share some of their experiences and recommendations.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 4/7/2020
Tags: Work better

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Tips for online learning

This blog post is for any students whose courses have suddenly been moved online. Our veteran online course taker shares her top tips for getting the most out of the format.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 3/24/2020
Tags: Learning Good to know

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Why doesn't Germany use a standard citation style?

In a country where there's a law for the amount of beer that should be poured in a glass, you might expect citation practices to be similarly uniform. In fact, there have been some attempts at standardizing citation guidance over the years. But how successful have they been? The answer might surprise you.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 2/11/2020
Tags: Good to know Citation

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Is it okay to cite social media?

A carefully researched YouTube video on quantum mechanics from a university professor and your friend’s Instagram picture of his lunch are both examples of social media. So, when and when should you not cite social media in a paper? Find out in this blog post.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 1/28/2020
Tags: Beginning students Evaluating sources

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Reflecting on the past year

Already made your resolutions for 2020? Fair enough, but before moving on to the next year, we invite you to sit back and take stock of all the positive moments from the year that was.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 12/31/2019
Tags: Good to know

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7 last-minute gift ideas for academics

Has the holiday season crept up on you all-too-soon? Are you still looking for a present for the students, professors, and researchers in your life? We've got you covered! Check out our blog post for some ideas.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 12/17/2019

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APA – The most popular citation style in the world?

How did the APA citation style become one of the most popular in the world? In this blog article we attempt to answer this question by tracing the history of the style from its humble beginnings on up to the just released 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 12/3/2019
Tags: Citation Good to know

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A treasure trove of tags

The humble tag can be immensely useful when organizing your references or other documents. But just how should you go about creating a tag or keyword system?
Read on for some best practices from the Citavi team.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 11/19/2019
Tags: Knowledge organization

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The (academic) messy middle

Does it feel like there's no end in sight to this semester? That's because you're smack dab in "the messy middle". Also known as "the mid-semester slump" or "mid-semester blues", our latest blog post examines this phenomenon and offers some tips to help keep you moving forwards.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 11/5/2019
Tags: Beginning students Graduate students Good to know

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What is open science?

Magicians never reveal their tricks, but for academics it's a different matter. They can and should reveal how they reached their conclusions!
The open science movement takes this transparency one step further by helping make knowledge directly accessible to the public.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 10/22/2019
Tags: Good to know

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Show your readers the way

Can you imagine going on a hike with no signs to guide you? You'd likely feel a bit lost.
It's the same for the readers of your thesis if you don't include some common "signposts" to help guide them in – and back out – of your writing.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 10/8/2019

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The outline

Like an itinerary for a vacation, the humble outline can help keep you from meandering off course and wasting valuable time – whether you have a two-page essay or a dissertation ahead of you.

Learn how you can use outlines throughout your writing process and which apps can help in our latest blog post.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 9/24/2019
Tags: Writing tips

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Make this your year

A new academic year is a great chance to say goodbye to the bad habits that may have plagued you in the past and start developing good ones to help you succeed.

We’ve culled some of our top learning and productivity tips from past blog posts to help you hit the ground running. Whether you’re a first-year student or a seasoned professor, we're confident you’ll find some strategies you can use to make this your best year yet.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 9/10/2019
Tags: Time management Writing tips Reading tips Good to know Beginning students Graduate students

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Channel your inner librarian

Librarians are experts at identifying and describing sources. Take a cue from them when adding items to your reference management software! Our latest blog post shows you how to add difficult reference types using examples from Citavi.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 8/27/2019
Tags: Citation Reference management

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How to select a reference management program

It’s not easy to find just one pair of shoes that’s right for every occasion. The same is true for reference management software – one size does not fit all. To help, we've compiled a list of nine questions you can ask yourself to find the best possible software for your needs.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 7/2/2019
Tags: Good to know Reference management

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Three studying tips

Want to stop pulling all-nighters right before your exam? In our latest blog post, we share three tips for how you can study more effectively throughout the semester, remember information better long-term, and be less stressed going into your test.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 6/4/2019
Tags: Beginning students Task management Good to know

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Predatory publishers and journals

It's every new academic's dream: an offer to have their work published as a book or journal article. However, some offers are too good to be true. Our latest blog post takes an in-depth look at predatory publishers and their tactics.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 5/7/2019
Tags: Good to know

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The open access premise

The open access publication model promises a piece of the pie for everyone. But how does this differ from the traditional academic publication process? And what's behind some of the recent publisher boycotts by large university systems? Read our latest blog post to find out.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 4/9/2019

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Bibliography hacking

Do you often feel like you’re searching for sources in the all the wrong places? Or maybe you’ve been able to locate one or two relevant sources but are struggling to find additional ones? If so, give the bibliography hacking method a try! 

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 3/26/2019
Tags: Finding sources Graduate students

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Head in the cloud?

Online tools let you work on your own projects and collaborate with others anywhere there's an internet connection. To help you get a better feel for what's out there, we've described some of the different categories of tools in our latest post. We've gathered up some old favorites and fresh faces, so take a look and see if there's a cloud tool that might help your workflow.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 3/12/2019
Tags: Workflow

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What's a peer-reviewed journal article?

Did you just get assigned your very first research paper and are wondering about the requirement to use “peer-reviewed” journal articles? Learn what peer-reviewed journal articles are and where to find them in our latest blog post.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 2/26/2019
Tags: Beginning students

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Focus, please!

Find it hard to focus on your academic work when your phone is on your desk? You're not alone! Our latest blog post looks at how smartphones can distract you and offers some tips on how to concentrate when performing tasks in your reference management software.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 1/29/2019
Tags: Time management Task management

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What type of source is this anyway?!

It can sometimes be difficult to determine what type of source you have and how to enter it in your reference management program. Read on for our tips for recognizing, adding, and citing different source types in Citavi.

Created by: – Published on: 1/15/2019

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Get it from the source

We all know how our words can get taken out of context when what we say is told to someone else. Just like you don't want to spread gossip in your personal life, you also don't want to misrepresent the ideas in the sources you cite. Usually, you can double check your source to make sure that you have accurately written about the author’s ideas. But what do you do if you don’t have the original source but just a quotation from another author?

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 12/4/2018

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Get the Gist

Summarizing is a skill we do intuitively all the time in daily life – just think how often you've told someone about an entire vacation in only a few sentences.

So, why can it seem so difficult when you’re forced to do it in an academic context? Our latest blog post examines the summary in more detail and offers tips for how you can use summarizing techniques to better understand difficult texts.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 11/6/2018
Tags: Writing tips Workflow

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Getting Your Papers under Control

Are your stacks of papers and books growing at such an alarming rate that you're worried about being buried alive by them if they ever topple over? Find out what's causing this to happen and (finally!) de-clutter your desk.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 10/17/2018
Tags: Time management Workflow

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Saving Webpages Long-Term

Website content can change frequently, but what if you need to cite online sources in your thesis? How can you be sure the information will still be available five months from now? In this blog post we offer some tips for keeping the contents of the webpages you check secure so that you'll always be able to refer back to the source for your citations.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 10/9/2018
Tags: Beginning students Citation

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Help for Hoarders

When you start a project, it's easy to go nuts and squirrel away every potentially useful source in your reference management program. To avoid getting overwhelmed, we recommend three steps for gaining control of your stockpile: collect, select, and inspect.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 9/25/2018
Tags: Workflow Beginning students Reference management

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The Final Polish

If you want your thesis to really shine, it's a good idea to have another person proofread or copyedit it. But what's the difference between proofreading and copyediting, anyway? Should you hire a freelancer or agency? And, is it academically dishonest to use a copyeditor?

Our latest blog post looks at all these questions and more.

Created by: – Published on: 9/10/2018
Tags: Graduate students Writing tips

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From Master's Thesis to New Job

Want to work on a thesis with a company but scared to contact them and not sure where to start? Our support team member Jana shares her experiences writing a thesis for a company and how it continues to help her in her job today.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 8/13/2018
Tags: Writing

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The One-Inch Picture Frame

Large writing projects can often be overwhelming. If you sometimes feel paralyzed by how much you have to do, take a look at the simple but effective tip from novelist Anne Lamott in our latest blog post.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 7/30/2018
Tags: Writing tips

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Work Effectively, Wherever You Are

Summer, sunshine, vacation... as soon as you finish up that one thesis chapter, that is! Sometimes you can't avoid having to take work along with you. When that happens, our ten tips can help you finish by the time you reach your destination.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 7/17/2018
Tags: Time management Workflow

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Odyssey of a Journal Article

From our help desk:

How can I find the journal article my professor mentioned? 

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

Alex  

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 7/3/2018
Tags: Finding sources From our support team

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How to use Reference Management Software to Create Bibliographies Automatically

Citation style rules can be frustrating. What if there were a way you could automatically format all the citations and your bibliography instead of tediously having to type all the punctuation marks by hand? Although it almost sounds too good to be true, this is exactly what reference management programs are designed to do.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 4/4/2018
Tags: Citation Beginning students

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

Do you do a lot of academic reading on your computer screen? If so, the information you read might be harder for you to recall later on than if you would read on paper. Our latest blog post looks at some study findings and offers suggestions for what you can do.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 4/4/2018

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Elephants Never Forget - But How About You?

You’ve got a pretty good memory, don’t you? You know exactly what you ate for breakfast this morning, what happened yesterday in your favorite Netflix series, and the findings of the main researchers in your field. Or do you...?

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 3/27/2018
Tags: Knowledge organization

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