Mendeley and Dropbox



A little while ago I finally hit the 500 MB free storage limit of Mendeley, which isn’t surprising considering how I go about collecting research papers. Whenever I come across an article that looks like it might be mildly interesting / vaguely related to my work I copy it into a folder that Mendeley watches and that’s it. I have hundreds of papers that I’ve never looked at (and possibly never will). When I’m working on a project or article, I simply type the relevant keywords into Mendeley and it shows me all the papers I that might be useful to me. I know that this probably isn’t the best way to go about it (e.g. what about the serendipitous papers that I’d never find because I’m not actually looking for them i.e. relevance that I don’t know about?).

Anyway, when I hit the limit I thought I was finally going to have to do some tidying of my folder, until I realised that I could use Dropbox to store the PDFs and just tell Mendeley to watch that folder in Dropbox instead. Dropbox does a better job of keeping my articles synced across all of my devices (I don’t think Mendeley was designed to keep papers synced across multiple computers) and I can use Dropbox on my Android phone (Mendeley is still only available on the iPhone).

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-16

  • RT @amcunningham: An analysis of clinical reasoning through a recent and comprehensive approach: the dual-process theory #
  • The use of tense in Lit review. I also prefer the present tense to situate the conversation in a current context #
  • 13 Photographs That Changed the World. #
  • โ€œDropbox Lied to Users about Data Security, Complaint to FTC Allegesโ€ ยป #
  • Let Them Surf Eliminate cheating by redefining what it means “to cheat” #
  • How I Talk About Searching, Discovery and Research in Courses Good tips for novice & experienced researchers #
  • $10 Million Tricorder X-Prize A tricorder is a (currently) fictional mobile device for medical diagnosis #
  • @the_archive We’re pushing for systematic reviews in most postgrad work in our dept. May go some way to increase status? #
  • Why Social Media Tools Have a Place in the Classroom #
  • @the_archive Just finished a systematic review & agree that they have value. Not about removing them, just being more rigorous #
  • The Problem with Literature Reviews The context is in regard to looking to the past, as opposed to the future #
  • Guidelines on addressing negative comments in social media #
  • Managing your library with tags and filters Helped address many issues I had with my MSc research #
  • Doctor In Your Pocket, WebMD Comes to Android #
  • Interactive 3D Human Body Search Engine Debuts Interesting. Not sure if there’s enough detail for clinical education #
  • Yale Collections Now Free Online More commons resources for academics and students #
  • Organise research on Mendeley with tags and other latent information #
  • RT @primarytrainee: Curriculum should be experienced not delivered #earlyyears #
  • Learning outcomes mean starting at the end and working backwards i.e. figure out where you want to be, then how you’re going to get there #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-20

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-26

  • apt-get wife (geek humour) #
  • @courosa Hi, I’m from Cape Town and I use Twitter to share things with people like you ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • @mediendidaktik I use to keep my work, home and mobile computers in sync. I use it all the time and have never had any problems with it #
  • @wesleylynch I was telling you that 6 months ago ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • @sbestbier Just finished “predictably irrational” by D Ariely where he says that @ some point further increases actually reduce productivity #
  • @jpbosman I like the sound of it, will follow it up & let you know…things are hectic right now though #