Guest Segment: Using BrowZine with Atlas.ti for Literature Reviews

We receive a lot of great feedback from BrowZine users and we get to see the new, innovative ways people are integrating BrowZine into their research workflow. We recently received an email from Dr Ken Riopelle, a professor from Wayne State University (now retired but still very active); in it, Dr Riopelle details how he is using BrowZine with Atlas.ti, a popular QDA tool, to perform literature reviews.

Third Iron is not affiliated with Atlas.ti, but we understand that our users rely on many different services to accomplish their research. This is why we have built BrowZine to be cross-functional with these services, such as RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero and many more.

Dr Riopelle has kindly agreed to allow us to reprint his discussion!  We’d love to hear how you are using BrowZine, too.  Let us know and we’ll share it with the thousands of BrowZine users worldwide.

-Kendall Bartsch

CEO, Third Iron

Using BrowZine with Atlas.ti for Literature Reviews

Dr. Ken Riopelle

Here is a an easy way to use BrowZine with the Atlas.ti iPad app for literature reviews. In short, use BrowZine to browse your favorite journals, then download selected PDFs into Atlas.ti for coding.

First, open BrowZine and browse your favorite journal by subject area, title or from your Favorite Journals page. After selecting a journal and finding an article of interest, tap the title of the article to view the PDF. Here is a screenshot of my favorite journals:


For example, after selecting the Journal of Organizational Behavior, I found the article “Reflections on Cross-Cultural Collaboration Science” and just tapped it. (Note: BrowZine authenticates using your library access ID and password, which are stored in the Settings, to open selected articles.)


Second, in the upper right of the PDF view, tap the action box and select “Open PDF in…” from the drop down options:


Third, choose Atlas.ti from your options:


Fourth, the Atlas.ti app opens and asks you to select an existing project or to create a new one. Choose your project, select your document, and code away.


Here I added a code, “Collaboration: Definition” to a text segment.


Fifth, I also added the document to my bibliographic database, EndNote, again from the “Open PDF in…” option. Or, you may choose Zotero, RefWorks or Mendeley.

Finally, I use a code “Get Article” and highlight those references in an article that I wish to obtain for additional research.

Pretty cool!