Researching, it is easy to find many tips for writing scientific texts. Most of them deal with method, philosophy, and textual composition itself.
Judging that you have already seen this in the Scientific Methodology and Scientific Initiation classes, as well as in other sites, in this article we will share only some tricks that aim to improve the organization and the accessibility to your text, regardless of the environment in which you are.
The production of a text does not occur only when we are typing or writing. Sometimes an extraordinary idea can come at an unusual time when we wake up at night; or even under the shower! These ideas should be noted immediately. Otherwise, as they have come, they may retreat and never return.
Such tips for writing scientific texts are meant to bring your document and theme to your everyday life, offering more focus, time, dedication and productivity, regardless of the lifestyle you lead. Being available all the time, you will also be in your time.
1) Organize a digital structure for your document
If, for example, you are writing a thesis, create, on your computer, notebook, etc. a folder titled “Doctoral thesis”.
Create subfolders within this folder to better organize the search and referenced files in your document; the “Search” folder is a very appropriate example. “Referenced Files” is also another good folder. In it you can save all the pdf, docx and other specific files that will somehow be used in your text.
Save each file by naming them with their respective major titles. This makes it easier to segment them.
To save links to videos, articles, files, etc., in your browser’s favorites, create a folder titled “PhD thesis”. These links will also be part of the bibliographic reference.
2) Save your files in the cloud
Saving documents in the cloud is also a good option. And Google Drive offers free file storage in Office formats, where you can edit the file online and save it automatically.
Being the file in the cloud it is possible to easily access it from the tablet or the desktop, without any restriction; without worrying about HDs, USB drives and other storage media.
3) Printed material should also be strategically organized
It is common, in the homes of scholars who are writing, to find books scattered throughout all environments. Usually they claim that this is the best way they can study. Really? What if they are in the room and suddenly need an item in another book in environments they can not remember?
Therefore, all printed material should also be easily accessible and properly organized. In this way, even with a superficial look it is easier to find any work desired from among those who are there.
4) Mentally structure your theme
Technology has never been so at the service of humanity as it is now. And that can make a big difference in the lives of those who write. Keeping up-to-date is a smart requirement for continued development.
So, if you have an organized structure and at your disposal 24 hours every day, so that you can access it from any device (cell phone, notebook, tablet etc.), and if the printed material is also organized and always at your disposal. disposition, you can be much more productive, avoiding distractions and forgetfulness of important points that need to be noted.
In this way, it will be easier to produce and adjust the structure of your ideas in relation to the chosen theme. Reflect and write about the various perspectives of each subject on your topic, even while, for example, waiting in a bank queue.
Refer immediately to each quote (direct or indirect) you make – including quoting page numbers, when applicable.
This is the most effective way of facilitating the relationship of the sources of all the material researched, both in the page of bibliographical references and in the citations. Leaving to find the text referenced later, it runs the serious risk of no longer finding it, which can be configured in plagiarism.
These were our tips for writing scientific texts. Practical tips that really help you optimize your time and speed up your textual production.