This blog was created as part of the Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme, which is the only one of the EU approved and funded Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to specialise in traditional humanities with a modern languages background. The Crossways Consortium comprises 6 top-class European universities.

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Mundus students, here you will find regular posts regarding the universities of the consortium, tips, activities, events, pictures, etc. Apart from checking it regularly to keep yourself up to date, a good way to use the blog is through the search device. We already have a significant amount of information on some universities of the consortium, so if you want to find information on a specific city, type its name in the search field (top left). You will then see all posts related to that specific city (because each post title contains the city's name in it). You can also type "General" in order to find information concerning everybody.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Even More Electronic Resources

Here are some more useful electronic resources that are very helpful for academic work that have not yet been mentioned, some of them are only accessible to students in specific universities and should you know of any other (similar) resources feel free to add them in the comments.

Google Reader - Google mail is reasonably widely used and one of the most useful things about google mail, i find, is the ability to use google reader at the sama time. Google reader is essentially a way for you to easily keep track of new posts on websites (such as this one) and allows you to organise reading lists to streamline what you read. It updates in real time and has a lot of really cool features - including the suggestion of new sites based on the ones that you have already selected. I use it mostly to keep track of things posted on Infos Fabula, itself a very useful french language academic site, this website, news, and events feeds such as special deals on train fare, museum exhibitions etc. Its definitely easier than visiting a whole lot of different sites, or having to subscribe via email and suffering a constant stream of emails that you are not always prepared to read as they arrive.

Infos Fabula - mentioned above, Infos Fabula is a french language site that details job posting, calls for papers, scholarship advertisements, and new book publications. I personally have found it invaluable in terms of keeping on the cutting edge of academic trends and in keeping well informed about possible scholarships and academic posts available in french studies internationally.

VPN Client for St Andrews Students - all students who attend St Andrews should, before they leave, head on down to the library and have the VPN client installed and explained to them at the IT helpdesk. It'll allow you to access all the online journals that are available to St Andrews students from whereever you are in the world. This is especially useful if you are writing in English and are spending your last semester in a university that does not have such a well developed english library and find yourself suddenly in need of a few extra papers of citations. For those of you who have or are not going to St Andrews - make a friend, and hijack their VPN client for a few minutes, JSTOR, project MUSE and a whole lot of other resources are available online through the VPN client - its really worthwhile.

Refworks or EndNOTE - Refworks & Endnote are bibliographic database software programs that help you refernce more efficiently and both interface with Word to enable references, which are perfectly formatted to pop into your document at the touch of a button. I personally prefer Endnote but I believe that St Andrews allows students to download a version of RefWorks which operates in a similar fashion. You build a database of all the works you are using and then when you want to reference the work in Word, you hop into Endnote (or RefWorks), select the work to be cited and in it goes - perfectly formatted, saving you having to type out the reference again and again. MHRA referencing - which Mundus students are required to use - does take a little bit of tweaking but once you've got it set, its easy as pie. Also useful because you can easily change the citation style of the document should you want to submit it to a journal which requires a referencing style different to the one that you have selected.

Antidote RX Grammar Check - Microsoft Word's grammar check is notoriously bad in English and even worse in French, so one of the key elements of software that i use on a daily basis is the Antidote grammar check by Druide, well worth the money it integrates perfectly with Word and spots most mistakes, as well as offering advice on ambiguity. It serves equally well as an excellent dictionary.