It is the time of the semester when you would prefer not to lose all of the hard work you poured into your research paper because of a stupid computer glitch. Few things short of The Exorcist engender as much horror as the sight of an empty folder when you go to re-open your work. And if this has happened to you, you know there is absolutely nothing funny about it. Having a draft of your research paper disappear into the ether is like flushing your time and money down the toilet — in a world without plumbers!
So, especially at this important time of the semester, follow this helpful advice:
Back up your work often. Back up your work in multiple places. Confirm that your work is backed up. Rinse and repeat.
I have even been know to print out my drafts, so if all electronic media across the globe go dark, I still have a document that I can use to reconstruct my hard work. So, develop good habits about backing up your work. Then, and only then, can you really embrace the mindset of Don’t Worry, Be Happy.
And Good Luck from the library staff as you wind up the fall semester!