La Profesora Abstraída

Weblog of Michelle Dion, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, at McMaster University. My blog has moved to Visit my other website.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

How to know if you're making research progress

You can finally stop carrying one 2 inch-thick file folder filled with notes and drafts for one project back and forth between home and office. You can finally file that folder until you get reviews/funding news back.

During the same afternoon, you will either unfile or create a new file folder, fill it with printed articles or copies of journal issues off your bookshelves. You will now carry this file folder back and forth between home and office for the next several weeks.

The electronic equivalent entails files, folders, or shortcuts to either files and/or folders saved onto your desktop that can now be filed away in your computer innards. If you're like me, shortly thereafter, you'll have cluttered your electronic desktop with new downloaded articles to be read or shortcuts to data and draft folders.

This is like a revolving-Groundhog Day dance, where the projects may change, but the process stays the same, day in, day out.

posted by Michelle @ 6:31 PM,


At 3/29/2007 1:16 PM, Blogger Greg Weeks said...

You actually sound more organized than me. Instead of nice file folders (which is an idea I should use) I end up with shifting piles of books, articles, papers, etc.


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