LEGGI

An application that keeps your reading and thinking organized.

FEATURE

Library Manager

The library manager shows all the books/articles that the user has imported to the library.User can create projects to put readings in them.

To see how the Library Manager works, please go to Scenario 1.
Hover over the following tabs for details.

  • Project List
  • Summary
  • In this Project
  • More from the library
  • More from the computer

Project List

The project list show all the projects the user has created.

Project

A project is composed of all the books/articles the user needs. Books/articles can be added to the project and they will show up in the library. A project also has a corresponding workspace that allows organization of information (scroll down for more on workspace).

Summary

An overview of the selected project that contains such information as the name, time created, notes and etc.

In This Project

This section shows all the books/articles that have been added to the selected project.

More from the Library

The library contains all the books/articles imported into this application by the user. These books can be further added to different projects.

"More from the library" shows books/articles that are NOT included "In this Project". User can drag a book from this section to "In This Project" to add a book to a project. "More from the library" and "In this Project" combined show all the books/articles in the application.

More from the Computer

This section shows all the files in this computer. Files can be dragged directly to "In This Project" and "More from the Library"

FEATURE

Workspace

The Workspace is where user organizes information. Highlights and comments from a book will show as a group in the workspace.

To see how the Library Manager works, please go to Scenario 2 - 5.
Hover over the following tabs for details.

  • Books/Articles
  • Groups
  • Tags
  • Panels

Books/Articles

A list of books/articles in this project. When clicked, the book will open. When dragged to the workspace, notes and comments will show.

Groups

A group is a collection of highlights/comments. Each book/article has its own group that shows comments from this book. Each tag has its own group that shows all the comments with this particular tag.

Groups can be created, deleted, hidden, moved.

Tags

Tags work similarly to hastags. Tags can be added to comments and organized with tag groups.

Panels

A Panel is similar to a desktop. A workspace can have multiple panels. Groups can be placed in and moved between different panels.

PERSONA

Meet Prof. Montez

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Prof. Montez is a professor and researcher at a university. She has a PhD degree. She reads and writes a lot for research.

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Behaviors

She reads books and journal articles to gather information about her research. There are usually more than 30 books. The volume of reading is very large.

She reads both hard copy and digital format. She thinks each has its strengths and weaknesses and wouldn’t use either exclusively.

She underlines the reading. She uses post it as book marks. She takes notes in Word documents.

The notes may include a direct quote from the book, her thoughts, the page number, author, year. No book name.

She doesn’t have a particular way of organizing all her books and articles. She relies heavily on her memory to find things.

She reads iteratively. She might read a book several times with different goals. She may come back to a book to look for a particular piece of information. She may also come back to a book while she is writing to confirm what she writes is correct.

She doesn’t write any outlines.

She types quotes from a hard copy book and types the source too.

When She writes, she looks at her notes and organizes around the notes.

Environment

Abstract environment: the academia. (There are rules such plagiarism, copyright and others that must be followed. But they are beyond the scope of the project.)

Physical environment: office, home office. The physical environment is very simple. The only relevant items are a computer, books/articles/documents, writing tools.

Goals

Be able to locate a piece of information in it source.

Find similar information from different sources.

Easier to export and organize notes.

Be able to organize notes into groups.

Skills

She is very skilled in using pdf readers, Microsoft Word.

Interactions

She works on her own and does not have any team mates. Social interactions are pretty minimal.

See how LEGGI helps Prof. do research

Prof. Montez

Prof. Montez is a professor and researcher at a university. She has a PhD degree. She reads and writes a lot for research.

The following is the scenario-based prototype. Each scenario demontrates how the application is used under one use case.

Please click the tabs to see the prototype in action.

Scenario 1

Import books/articles

After creating a project called project 1, Prof. Placeholder wants to add some books to the library.

Please click the following tabs in order.

  • 1. She adds a book from the library to the project.
  • 2. She adds a book from the computer.
  • 3. She then repeats the steps to add all the articles she wants to the project.
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Scenario 2

Read a book and take notes

After importing books to Project 1, Prof. opens Project 1 in the workspace and is ready to read a book.

Please click the following tabs in order.

  • 1. She double clicks an article from the book list on the left.
  • 2. She highlights some texts.
  • 3. She adds some comments.
  • 4. She adds a tag.
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Scenario 3

Organize highlights and notes

Prof. finishes reading the article, and she wants to look at all the highlights and notes she has taken and organize them.

Please click the following tabs in order.

  • 1. She drags the article from the book list to the workspace to open a group.
  • 2. All the notes from this article are shown in this group.
  • 3. She clicks on one of the highlights. It will take her directly to the page of the highlight.
  • 4. She drags the tag "methods" from the tag list on the right to the workspace.
  • 5. All the notes from tag "methods" are shown in this group.
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Scenario 4

Move between panels

As more information clutters the workspace, Prof. wants to more some groups to another panel to keep things organized.

Please click the following tabs in order.

  • 1. She clicks the round button on the top right corner of a group.
  • 2. She clicks and holds on one of the panel button.
  • 3. After the group is moved to a new panel, she releases the mouse.
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Scenario 5

Search

Prof. would like to find what Freud and Lacan say about education, therefore she conducts a search on keyword "education".

Please click the following tabs in order.

  • 1. She double clicks on the workspace; an input box will show up.
  • 2. She types "education" in the input box.
  • 3. She selects the two books she'd like to search in and hit enter.
  • 4. The search results will show as a group and can remain in the workspace for future use.
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