My name is LaMarcus Bolton, and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Technology Director, as well as a doctoral student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Today, I wanted to let you know of a few great resources for managing your local computer files.
Rad Resource: Everyday, we deal with tens (some of us, hundreds) of computer files and emails. Unfortunately, the more “stuff” we have, the harder it is to find when we really need it. Fortunately, there are software options available to help us better manage all of our data by tagging them. Tagging is an excellent way of associating files by using keywords, rather than traditional rigid file folders. Thus, when you use your operating system’s default search function, the files you are seeking will naturally rise to the top. On Mac OS X, Gravity Tags offers an intuitive way of tagging items. However, if you’re on a PC, TaggTool may be a worthy alternative.
Rad Resource: When iTunes first hit the market, it revolutionized the way we managed music. Unfortunately, because research is undoubtedly less popular than music, our needs have long been unmet for a similar option–until now. Sente is an academic reference manager for Mac OS X. Although Sente does have bibliographic functionality (like the popular EndNote software, available for the PC), it goes beyond it in so many ways. For example, all within the software, you can: search repositories for articles, download, automatically tag with the appropriate references, automatically file within “smart libraries” based upon present keywords, and scan a manuscript for reference placeholders when automatically building your bibliography. Regrettably, I have not found a software option that’s on par with Sente, for PC. Please post to comments if you have suggestions!