Over the past couple of weeks, I have been asked by several readers about the potential of using the ATLAS.ti coupled with EndNote for writing purposes. I have replied the queries accordingly. So I thought to myself that I should also share the information with my fellow blog readers.
Today, I wish to explain the different functions of these two powerful softwares, and the potential of using the same in your writing process.
As many of you might already know, ATLAS.ti by itself is a splendid and powerful program for managing and analysing qualitative data. And this blog is dedicated specifically to disseminate FREE information regarding it. The program helps just about any researcher, be it novice or amateur, who wishes to gain more output from what could actually be achieved from traditional data analysis.
On the other hand, the EndNote program is one type of bibliographic management software.
Of course there are many other softwares in the same category e.g. RefWorks, Biblioscape, Connotea, Mendeley and etc. They all can do just about the same features, but the rule is: ALWAYS always and always stick to one program only, anyone which you are comfortable using.
I personally recommend EndNote because it is easy to learn, easy to manage, and supports direct import from many academic online databases e.g. Ebscohost, ISI Web of Knowledge or even Sage Online. In short, direct import allows you to fill up your bibliographic library by the click of a button, which would definitely save your time and energy not having to type the references manually into the library.
Now, how does ATLAS.ti and EndNote work together for your writing process?
ATLAS.ti will help you to manage the contents of your writing (which includes debate, discussion, points, conclusion, data etc.) while EndNote will help you to manage the references for the particular content your’re writing on, just by the clicks of a button, to whichever output style you require for your writing.
Well, if you’re familiar with the output from ATLAS.ti and you’re used to naming your p-docs in the format [author, year], the combination of these two softwares will even present optimum output for you.
E.g. of ATLAS.ti output:
P1 Jacob, 2007 “… Pollution is hazardous to health…” (This is the content of your writing)
In the word processor, you just need to click the EndNote tab (if you have already installed EndNote program on your pc), sort the references according to [Author], and select the relevant reference named “Jacob”. The program will automatically insert the reference into your writing, whether as intext citation or at the footnote.
Finally, I would like wish you all the best in your writing, and please let me know what you think about this post in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section below.