PgCert in Research Methods & Mendeley

Because I decided to do an MA, and not a MSc, I have to make good the research bit of my post grad study – which is cool since all I really recall from my MA in Digital Games was something to do with Pikmin and slavery, Tetris is a allegory for modern day office workers and Mario is all about Capitalist acquisition of wealth. I also made this instead of writing a dissertation – which was a great idea at the time and it cemented in my mind the fact the last thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life was 3D modelling. (The irony that I’m doing my PgCert in Research Methods with AMD isn’t lost on me)

So I’ve spent the day preparing for my day in Stoke tomorrow by gathering my bibliography together – currently spread around my Kindle, Dropbox, a bookmarks folder and in my head. Even though I’ve downloaded the pc version of Zotero – it’s not in work. Instead I decided to explore using Mendeley instead. What I thought was just a bookmarking tool turns out to be a kind of Linked In for Academics – not to be confused with – which is also a social networks for academics (I bet it’s the same people on all 3).

I’ve been impressed so far with my ability to pull in bibliography references from the web, or from folders – using the desktop application – but I’m just dipping my toes into the group side of things. I’ll report back.

Anyway – wish me luck for tomorrow, even if it’s so I don’t get lost on the Stoke campus 😉