It would appear that this word-processing and file management desktop programme — specifically developed by Literature and Latte for writers — is becoming increasingly adopted by academics. There are other, more comprehensive accounts of using Scrivener on the web, such as here. But as a relatively new Scrivener user, here are some thoughts on my ongoing experience of using it in drafting my thesis.
I wrote it inand so far its been viewed over 20, times. In that post, I wax lyrical about my love for Scrivener. And then, tucked away at the bottom, I make a throw-away line about resolving issues with citations which I later did.
Fast forward two years and I am staring at my part-written thesis. It jumps straight in, so if you need to know more about Scrivener basics please read this post first.
And if you want to know more about my PhD research, take a look at this.
And woe betide you miss this major health warning: It is merely how I use Scrivener. My thesis at a glance This is what my thesis looks like, at a glance. On the left hand side you can see the folders making up the thesis.
I have named each folder in line with traditional thesis sections and chapters. The outline shows me each folder, my total word count for each folder, my target word count.
Instantly you can see that I have a number of sections and even a sub-folder within my literature review chapter. I have written about my objectives for the chapter and how I searched the literature.
I have then started to produce my literature review. As you might have noticed, this part is still very messy. At the moment, it is more like a collection of notes. I create new sections, and I move existing sections around constantly. For me, this is the beauty of Scrivener.
No more cutting and pasting swathes of text, changing your mind and then having to re-paste it back in. I can go straight into that section and start editing on the right hand side.
More about that here.
Snapshots My mind likes to jump about. So I move things about in Scrivener a lot. I write and re-write. Sections that now reside in my methodology chapter, started out in my literature review.
How do I keep on top of this change? Using the snapshot tool. Have a look at the picture below. So the column in the middle of the screen shows the text for that section.Scrivener Templates.
One of the most popular parts of Scrivener is the ability to use, create and modify the way things work, so as to improve the way you use Scrivener.
1) Most templates are created by users, who tend to create complex ones (else the templates provided with Scrivener are quite adequate). 2) Creating complex templates often introduce unacceptable issues that are either difficult or impossible to fix.
How I use Scrivener for academic writing. I’ve got a section for my abstract. Then a section for my introduction. However, I will do this because I’m determined to write my PhD thesis in Scrivener. At the moment, I’m putting notes in the text to remind me where I’ve got something from (e.g Ellis, 65).
I use Excel. How I use Scrivener for academic writing. I’ve got a section for my abstract. Then a section for my introduction. However, I will do this because I’m determined to write my PhD thesis in Scrivener.
At the moment, I’m putting notes in the text to remind me where I’ve . As someone who enjoyed your initial post on scrivener, and is beginning to write a masters dissertation (with a PhD thesis to start work on next year), i can definitely say that this post is useful, if nothing else that it confirms something of the way i think i can work with the program!
Thesis and Dissertation Templates The following components must be formatted to be uniform with the model / template: Title Page, Committee Page, Acknowledgements, Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Chapters, Top Margins, Pagination (Roman and Arabic Numerals), References, Appendices, and Vita.