Scrivener + EndNote crib sheet

fuck yeah scrivener!

After much prevaricating I’ve downloaded Scrivener. Why? Because everyone told me I should, and I was convinced after watching the demo video (10 minutes well spent). For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a writing tool that makes long writing projects easier to manage. One thing that I wasn’t sure of when I downloaded it was how it links with EndNote, my citation management tool of choice.

A brief look around the Internet and I realised it does. I then realised I needed to know a bit more about EndNote to make that useful. I sent this to Dubber earlier, then realised it might be of wider interest. So, as sharing is caring, here’s my Scrivener + End Note cribsheet:


Once you have linked Scrivener and EndNote, cmd+Y will bring up EndNote’s library, from where you can copy & paste or drag and drop content into Scrivener. This will use the EndNote markup which looks a bit like this: {Hickman, 2010 #199@102-103}.

When you are finished drafting, compile from Scrivener to Word, and then run Tools > EndNote > Format Bibliography to convert the citations into your selected format and to generate a bibliography.

How to Link Scrivener to EndNote

Go to Scrivener > preferences > general and tell it where your EndNote application is.

screenshot of Scrivener preferences

EndNote Mark Up

Page numbers

When you place a citation you can add page numbers by typing @the page numbers before the closing } bracket.

e.g. like {Hickman, 2010 #199@102-103} = (Hickman, 2010 pp. 102-103)Date only
To omit author name just leave the comma but delete the author name:
{, 2010 #199@102-103} = (2010 pp. 102-103)

With annotations

To prefix the citation use a backslash before the start of the EndNote data:
{e.g. \Hickman, 2010 #199} = (e.g. Hickman, 2010)To suffix the citation, use `, after the EndNote data:
{Hickman, 2010 #199`, his emphasis} = (Hickman, 2010, his emphasis)

Importing drafts from Word

When importing documents from MS Word, it is best to first remove the citation formatting and revert back to EndNote mark up. That allows you to freely edit and remove citations and will ensure that your bibliography is correct when you output it later on.

Tools > Endnote > Unformat citation(s)


Update, August 2011

I spotted this video (by YouTube user Jigglebent), which takes you through all of the items discussed here. May be useful to watch that and then use the notes for reference:

I’ve also made an A4 PDF to print out and pin up over my desk, which might be of use:


A new bibliography style

I’ve never been happy with the default list of bibliography styles. In particular the Harvard and Author-Date styles don’t seem to want to display page numbers in citations, and the bibliography style for online materials seems a bit odd.

This bibliography style is my current Harvard variant, based on BCU’s Harvard referencing guidance for students.

Tried by a jury of my peers

Today I gave a presentation to our weekly research seminar at Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research. The seminars are a great example of the support structures for research that we have created within the centre over the past year. They provide a forum for centre members to share their work, and a space for us to meet other academics who are attending or even speaking as our guests.

We often present work as a practice run before attending an external conference, but in my case today I presented my paper from IAMCR 2010, which I am currently reviewing and editing so that I can seek publication.

Speaking to my colleagues (and indeed students who choose to come to the sessions) about my research was a daunting prospect but presenting to these critical friends proved to be a rewarding experience. I don’t remember having the same reservations giving this talk to a room of strangers, but I certainly didn’t get the level of constructive feedback I was offered by colleagues at today’s session. I’ve now got a number of important changes to make to the paper and feel suitably fired up to take this forward. I’m also looking forward to my next chance to share ideas with the group, and have discovered some new links between my work and work of colleagues.

Presentations are often recorded and end up on Interactive Cultures which demonstrates a lot of what we do as a group but if you’re interested in popping along, drop us a line.

Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism

Last week I attended the 2010 conference of the International Association of Media & Communication Research where amongst other things I gave a paper, Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism.

Taking all of your ideas and presenting them in less than 15 minutes is pretty hard going when you’re used to having captive audiences in lecture rooms for up to an hour, so I was delighted that several people wanted to read the full paper and get some more detail from me. So here it is, my full paper.

Some folk I know will be a little put off by these 8,000+ words, so if you’re not used to reading academic work, the best plan is to read the abstract, then the conclusion and then work your way through the detail. You can also catch a pithy version of one of the themes over at Interactive Cultures.  This is draft work at the moment. Following a pep talk from Paul Long (my BCU colleague – Reader in Cultural Studies at Birmingham School of Media) yesterday, I’ll be honing this down for publication over the rest of the summer.

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Social capital: you’re doing it wrong*

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*not really. I’m being provocative, but I do have some ideas about another way of using the concept when talking about the Internet.

I wrote a brief piece over at Interactive Cultures last week, which was a neat distillation of a lit review I’ve written about social capital and a key point from my paper, which I presented to IAMCR 2010. Here’s the blog post and here’s the inevitable Flickr photo of my IAMCR badge (I collect my name badges)

Enabling digital participation in Higher Education

OK so being as Ana and Jen (part 1 & part 2) blogged about posters, I guess that means it’s what we do now. So here’s my regulation blog post about a poster.

A few summer’s ago Dave Kane, Anita Reardon and I were given a small grant for a pilot project in the uses of technology in teacher training. This paper presents our findings, grounded in education and cultural studies theory, to help understand some of the determinants that affect the uptake of technology in classrooms.

This was my first academic poster, and I enjoyed the process. The premium on space means really cutting the research down to the core, while trying to retain enough to give some sense of the project’s narrative. That’s pretty tough – even the forced brevity of using Twitter doesn’t prepare you for it fully.

We presented the poster at RESCON ’10 (BCU’s internal research conference) as a dry run ahead of our attendance at next month’s Research Informed Teaching Conference in Staffordshire. The poster went down pretty well (we came second in the judging for the poster tour – I’ll take that) so we won’t need to make many changes before we head to Staff’s in July. Looking around the posters, I have to say (discarding all sense of modesty for a second) that ours looked the best. Many of the posters were wordy, and hard to read, and as many members of staff had made them on PowerPoint they suffered from some of the afflictions that can only come with an off the shelf Microsoft template (ill conceived drop shadows, poor contrast, garish colours) as well as from pixelation caused through blowing A4 slides up to A1 and even A0.

Lessons learned?

Brevity works, for sure, and it’s worth speaking to someone who knows a little bit about print production when you undertake this sort of task. In that regard I wonder if there’s a place for academics to team up with design students when they produce their posters? Valuable experience for the student, and some practical training in effective communication for the academic. That’s got to be worth some thought if you’re based in a University that has a design school.

Do something different

One thing before I sign off – it seems to pay to do something different. RESCON gave a special award to a poster that had its own frame made of astro-turf, and I added a little something extra to my poster that got a few nice comments. I won’t tell you what it is, you have to find it. Seven people did at RESCON yesterday, and they hadn’t been given a clue so you have a head start.

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