Invite for Authors & Posts

Please do email me if you have any tips/tricks,suggestions that you feel would be of help to the academic community.I will be more than happy to post them.If you can find time to contribute to the Efficient Academic by way of making posts whenever possible please do let me know,i would be happy to have you as one of the contributing authors.

Drop me a line at bala(at)shoutsofnothingness(dot)net

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Organising your PDF files

Anybody who has been working with PDF files knows that organising them is really a problem.Especially when the files are research papers.i have tried several methods that are available currently available to organise PDF files,including annotating them with Endnote,using google desktop to index them,special file organising software like easy articles, personal brain ,and Paperworks.But they all lacked some or other feature that was indispensible.
If you are in the academic field (who are my target audience) then you must be knowing that just organsing PDFs is not enough you need to have the citation/bibliographic data for the papers also.I have been using this service called Citeulike which allows you to store the paper references that you need or intend to read and also allows you to export the reference to Endnote.Till now the service allowed you to store just the reference!..now a new feature has been added that actually allows you to upload the corresponding PDF file for a reference,whereby you can access the PDF when and wherever you want via an internet connected PC.The ease with which you can access your files is just mindblowing. Head overand try the fantastic service.

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Setting up a RSS feed for your Pubmed Search

One of the aspects that has been revolutionized by the advent of Web 2.0 is “Web Search”.We are all familiar with the mundane search that we do with google (or any other search engine).But then in order to update your search results one had to perform the search time and again,untill search updates were available via email.But then email is passe.Hot now is RSS (Really simple syndication or Rich site summary).Now literature or citation searches on Pubmed are available through RSS.I will not tell you how to setup an RSS subscription for your pubmed search as there are sufficient posts/articles available on the net.I have some links that might be helpful.

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