I was at a conference lunch with two members of my thesis committee, when someone else asked me when I would finish. "Two to three years", I said casually.
"We expect you to finish in two," one of them said. So I'd say it's time to focus and organize so that I can bring together and work on the things I said I would accomplish into a thesis. This will help me to know what to work on, and will prevent the loss of valuable work (such as searching for articles and annotating them).
I need to do some reading now, so my next step is to find a good system to manage references. I'm going to try Zotero and BibDesk to start (for mac). I saw a few others around, and found that they call themselves "reference management software", which helps to search for them. Try this article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software
I'll post an update when I've gained some experience with the software.
I expect to print articles and annotate them by hand - It's just too hard to make e-annotations with math.
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