The iPad Pro and LaTeX

First, some backstory. When the Note Bene suite of tools for academic writing first crossed my workflow back in 2006 or so, I was stunned that there was a resource that not only provided a word processor that allowed me to (thankfully) move off of MS Word, but managed and formatted my citations (Ibidem), and—-now this really…

The h-index versus the i10-index: Metrics for Academic Research Impact

Admittedly, this is likely a post that only a librarian would write. If you are reading this you are likely a librarian as well, else perhaps a youngish academic building your scholarly portfolio. Regardless, this is cool. The h-index and the i10-index are metrics for measuring the impact of a scholar on the larger academic…

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen in The Netherlands is amazing. Every year the university invites a handful of PhD students from around the world to spend four weeks at the university studying, researching, and writing, followed by a summary paper presentation to the university community. Travel to and from The…

The iPad Pro: Library Research & Article Annotation

I am a university CIO who began as a tech-oriented librarian. I now get to dream about innovative ways that libraries (information resources) and campus technology (information systems and services) can collaborate and collide to make new things possible. But I also retain a foot in the academic world as I try (emphasize on try)…

The iPad Pro: Writing and Reference Management

Using Microsoft Word is like shopping for a washing machine—it has more features than you need, has features you need but aren’t satisfied with, and it seems to break down more than it should. But, it’s ubiquitous and sometimes must be used. Not too many years ago Word for the iPad was such a pared…

JournalTOC and Article Discovery: TicToc Has Grown Up.

Almost ten years ago I highlighted TicTOC, a service that published over 12,000 journal tables of contents (TOCs), freely available to all.  Now called JournalTOCs, it has grown to contain tables of contents (TOCs) and other article metadata for over 27,000 journals directly collected from over 2800 publishers. It was created by researchers from the Institute for…

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

And I quote: I have no idea what is going to come next. Although I have worked with string-search algorithms and data-mining techniques for twenty-five years, I don’t believe in the digital utopia for five minutes. I don’t think that magical tools are going to enable college seniors suddenly to do library research that will…

Making Sense of Yet Another Guide

Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing : religious studies Margot Northey; Oxford University Press 2012 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Oxford University Press has developed a series of discipline-specific guides built from the more generic 2007 guide to research and writing of the same name. This particular volume reiterates the approach recommended there and applies…

La Réforme, Pierre Viret, and Southern Seminary

For those of you who might be interested, I am speaking at an upcoming mini-conference being held at Southern Seminary, November 2, 2011. I will be speaking on Pierre Viret from a much-expanded form of a paper I delivered at the Refo500 Research Consortium (RefoRC) in Zürich last June, and will be drawing connections between…

Zwingli’s Works Now Available Online

Attention students of the Reformation: I just learned that Zwingli’s Werke (Works) and Briefe (Letters) are now available online, fully searchable, for free, thanks to the Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte (IRG) at the Universität Zürich. They are both linked via this announcement from the IRG. I presented a paper there at a conference back in…

Become an über-Googler

Here is a presentation on using Google hacks when searching. Google Hacks for Academic Content on Prezi