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The Nordic PhD

Surviving and Succeeding

Edited By Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy and Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding is an edited book written for prospective and current doctoral students by a mix of doctoral students and those who have recently completed their doctorates. The premise is simple: if you could go back in time and talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give? Isn’t hindsight a bonus? If only I knew then what I know now!

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding follows editions focused on study in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the U.K., U.S., and South Africa. What sets The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding apart from many others on the market is its down-to-earth and practical approach. Furthermore, its originality also lies in the fact that it is grounded in the context of doctoral studies in the Nordic countries.

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Chapter One: Technological Tools for 21st Century PhDs (Simon Krogh)


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Technological Tools for 21st Century PhDs



Starting work on a PhD thesis can be a daunting task. You may be excited about having come this far; your funding might be sorted, and you might even have your topic and approach defined. You are all set to go, but then what? Do you just start reading whatever you come across? Perhaps your supervisor has given you a couple of articles to read, or perhaps you turn to some of your old books to get some familiar, firm ground to start from? This chapter will discuss how you can get started by taking a closer look at the indispensable technological academic tools for note taking (e.g. MS OneNote, Evernote), reference management (e.g. Mendeley, Refworks), citations (Databases) and analytics (Nvivo, Atlas Ti, SPSS).

It should not be taken for granted that your new colleagues or your supervisor at the University use or even know these tools. They have their own academic preferences and habits and if they got their academic degrees several years ago they may have stuck with the methods and tools they used back then, rather than embracing what is available now. An impressive collection of books and many years of experience is by no means a guarantee of good working methods. This chapter suggests that it is important to learn new and smarter ways of academic study. Like other professions,...

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