Sometimes you come across very useful books. That recently happened to me with two books by Jacques Raubenheimer. Books specifically for PhD students, about a subject you do not expect a book to cover it – at least, I did not expect is. One is about Microsoft Word, and one about Mendeley.
One book is called “Doing your Dissertation with Microsoft Word’. And although I’m not a big fan of Word, I like to use Scrivener as I have written once, I think this book is actually going to be of tremendous help when you use Word. And as most PhD-students use Word, this is a handy book!
Why is it such a useful book? The Thesis Whisperer has already written an extensive review, which you can read here. As an addition I would like to let you know that the book is also supported by a website by the author, where, for example, you will find what kind of tools Word has specially for writing dissertations, but also other useful tips and tricks. Click here for the website.
Apparently Jacques Raubenheimer has a great eye for the needs of PhD-students, because the other book is about Mendeley, a ‘crowd-sourced reference and citation management’. In other words, it is a program like Endnote, Refmanager. But one that is accessible for everyone, so it is especially attractive for external PhD -students as they do not have access to software that you have at your disposal as a ‘normal’ PhD-student. It is actually worth to look at the program anyway, and – a very Dutch remark – it’s free.
In the book Raubenheimer explains exactly how to use Mendeley. Recommended for anyone who is not familiar with the world of reference managers. And a reference manager is what you absolutely need if you are working on your thesis!
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