Memo in Atlas.ti

I did find two very useful articles about how to use Memo in the program Atlas.ti.

Susanne Friese. 2009. Working Effectively With Memos In ATLAS.ti. Atlas.ti Library. Sótt af

Susanne Friese. 2008. Methodological Tips On The Use Of Memos. ATLAS.ti Library. Sótt af

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Picture 1: Screenshot from Susanne Friese article name Methodological Tips on the use of Memos.

Susanne Friesesays that the Memos overall purpose is best served if they are meaningfully structured and organized.

She suggests that if I have an ideoa about a text passage I should not use Memo. Rather I should create a quotation and insert my thoughts there in the comment field for the quote.

She tells me to identify my central research questions, to create a memo for each individual research question. And if the questions are more comprehensive they should be broken down into subtopics. Each Memo for the Research Questions could f.ex. start on RQ#: Title. I can then see them in alphabetical order. The Memos I want at top I use * (a star) in front of the title. See picture 2 from Susanne Friese sample project.

Screenshot 2017-05-02 23.35.25Picture 2: Screenshot from the Memo Manager in Susanne Friese sample project. It is from the year 2008 in the Window invironment.

I decided to use her sample to put up my Memo in my Atlas.ti (in the MacOS environment / year 2017). It looks quite different so it took me some time to figure out how to do it.

I did open the Memo Manager and started  making a new memo by clicking the + (plus) in the upper left corner. Then a new Memo was created in the main window, where I did rename it as can be seen in picture 3.

Screenshot 2017-05-02 23.50.53Picture 3: New Memo created and renamed.

Then I did repeat this process until all my Memos were putted up. I still need to make some Literature memos and putted a star in front of those I want at top. See picture 4.

Screenshot 2017-05-02 23.26.55Picture 4: The Memos I did make.

As can be seen from Susanne sample then she was able to say which type here memos were. In MacOS grouped are used. I opened therefore the Memo Group Manager. There I did click on + (the plus in the upper left corner) and made my Memo groups. I used the ones Susanne suggested and also some the Atlas.ti Manual did suggest. In the windows at the bottom I did put my Memos into the right groups. See picture 5.

Screenshot 2017-05-02 23.32.45Picture 5: The Group Managers with the groups I did make and my grouped memos. Here is a sample of the Research Questions (RQ#) which I grouped as Analysis.

Now when I open the Memo Manager I can see the Memo Groups in the left column. I can choose there to see the memos of all groups or I can choose which group to see the memos of. See Picture 6.

Screenshot 2017-05-02 23.34.12Picture 6. A Screenshot of my Memo Manager in my MacOS.