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In my experience, and from the feedback I get from students and researchers taking part in my workshops, it is extremely helpful if you can do as much as possible with one program. Citavi is such a tool. It combines reference management with a task planner and knowledge organization. Why is that helpful? Collecting papers is not enough You enter papers and other sources into your reference management tool, but you might want to do something with the references entered - check the bibliography, borrow the book, read the text at some point, ... The integrated task planner lets you take care of the tasks within the reference management tool. You can schedule them and set the importance. Taking notes is tricky You read PDF files and book and take notes on post-its, scribble them in the margin of print-outs, at them as comments with a PDF reader, type them into word documents, ... But watch out that you never forget to add the source with the exact page number to whatever you scribbled on a separate sheet. It might be extremely time consuming to recover the place where you read it. The knowledge organizer takes care of all of this, and more. You can extract direct quotations from PDF documents, create indirect citations of passages of the text, write the summary of a chapter, add your own comment to a word/phrase/paragraph or to an image. Page numbers are extracted and saved automatically. For paper books (if t are not available electronically), you can insert the same types of items as above. You enter your own ideas as "Thoughts". You assign tasks like "discuss" or "examine" to any passage of the text. All items can be assigned keywords, t can be categorized and grouped, but t will always remaind attached to their source. Items are linked to the text in the PDF t refer to. This helps if you want to check the original wording. From note-taking to outlining Notes are the basis of your future text (unless you manage to keep, organize and process everything in your head), but you need to have a very good grasp on what you have already to develop the outline from this. Concentrate on the notes you are taking. To organize the notes, create your outline with the categories in the knowledge section of Citavi and add the items to one or more categories. Modify the outline by adding new categories or subcateries and moving around existing categories. Items automatically move with the categories. Order the items as you add them. You will discover weak points or missing links. Start writing when you have everything organized If you start writing before you have a good grasp on your subject, chances are that you will loose yourself, because text editors are not very comfortable for outlining as a process. Export the categories as chapters with the Citavi Word Add-In. In the chapters tab, you see only the items and references of the chapter where the cursor is placed. When you insert a quotation or a reference, the title is automatically added to the bibliography at the end of the text. The citation style can be changed at any moment. There are more than 4,100 styles to be chosen from at the moment (Dec. 2015) You could even export everything in one go to create a draft version of your thesis. Either way, you will save a lot of time. Check out the video "Citavi 5 in a Nutshell" to see the work flow.

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The future There are several extensions that enable one-to-one conversion of content formats. My primary use case right now is for LaTeX and will most likely remain for LaTeX, though I have some ideas regarding the future. The first extension I have in mind supports both formats and will integrate with Pan doc for easy publishing (e.g. if the current content is a blog post and I want to publish the article on my own site, then I have to convert the blog post into a blog post and copy in the blog post template). There is another extension that allows for LaTeX content to be directly imported and edited. While I have no interest in supporting more than those two, I have many ideas for further extensions. I will post soon about this. Other uses for Ghostwriter Ghostwriter is mainly used for producing presentations. It allows one to write documents using a variety.

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