The granddaddy of online reference management. Just hate the interface so much... by Jan 25
A very intriguing reference manager- mindmapping and PDF management- and free and open source. by Mar 18
es - Tricia Wang, Cloud Computing for Researchers - Mendeley Your Life!
Occasionally on Cultural Bytes I will review tools that help my ethnographer-self stay sane, organized and useful to society. I am confident to say that every researcher I know IS CURRENTLY dealing with what I am addressing below - citation and PDF nightmares. Today is the first day you can take a step towards freedom, organization, and access. What better name for a product that is a comforter for researchers! ( here’s the founders’ explanation for the name, which I found out has nothing to do with the Russian meaning) This software will change your researching-intellectual, academiky life forever!
As spring rolls into summer, it is time for another appraisal of my digital research ecosystem. For a brief history of my reflections on digital scholarly research, I invite you to take a ride on the Long Road way-back machine circa April 15, 2010, when I first wrote about the elusive quest to close the digital research circle . Funny how, in that initial post, I thought I was "tantalizingly close" to closing what I called the digital research circle: the ability to gather, curate, annotate, synthesize and cite scholarship without paper using a seamless digital process. More than two years later, I am still close, but now what felt tantalizing has tilted toward the torturous. I will not here rehearse my entire research ecosystem which involves Dropbox , Evernote, Scrivener and even Word, although I invite you to read through and comment on my posts on the issue of digital research . Instead, I want to focus again on what should be the very heart of that ecosystem: the reference manager.
Sente, Mendeley, Zotero: Too Many Sharp Tools - The Long Road
Use these free or library-subscribed, web-based citation management systems to organize your references. To learn more about using RefWorks, visit our the RefWorks LibGuide To learn more about using EndNote Web, visit the EndNote & EndNote Web LibGuide To learn more about using Zotero, visit the Zotero LibGuide
Citation Mgmt Tools - Citation and Paper Management Tools - LibGuides at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Nota Bene: Software for Academic Research and Writing
Expensive, but supposedly the mother of all writing and reference management for academics. by Feb 4
Import article PDFs from your computer.
Ok, tried, it has a way to go to be a full reference manager. And the annotation abilities that I hoped it had aren't there yet. No reports yet...can't really recommend it as a full reference manager. Where it does excel is speed and reading- it imported 53 references in a matter of minutes. It's so CLEAN compared to qiqqa. Makes a great PDF manager. by Jan 26
The newest reference manager. Haven't had a chance to try it out, but looks promising, the great things about Mendeley and more- the highlight to notes feature, etc. the test will be how well it handles reports. Also an iPad version of some kind would be great- indeed, it's planned. So great PDF organization, annotation support, planned for syncing to the cloud and iPad app. If all this stuff is implemented, this would be the best ref. manager out there....! by Jan 25
Today, Digital Science announced an investment in startup Labtiva . And Labtiva released a “community preview” of their reference manager ReadCube .
Two reviews of new reference manager ReadCube | Gobbledygook
This was a really interesting ref management program, but I didn't like that it was only online, i loved that highlights became automatic notes, read, highlight, and it's a note...I can't imagine getting all my PDFs into this and going through them all again, though....still, very interesting. by Jan 25
btw, danrholden, I found qiqqa's annotation tools a tad cumbersome-- especially compared to iPad's iAnnotate. by Jan 25
I love many things about this program- highlighting to note functionality (can't believe no one else has done this in the age of iAnnotate, etc.[correction: more and more programs are doing this- ReadCube, WebNotes, diigo (though it's not a reference manager]). Unfortunately, there are still too many bugs- its cumbersome to use, slow....not worth switching yet. by Jan 25
Mendeley now performs one way sync with zotero...I prefer zotero...still looking for the perfect system. Still limiting I generating reports. What researcher asks for a notes report one reference at a time?! by Jan 5
PaperCritic- post about curating your own journal articles with reviews
There has been quite a bit of press lately about the peer review process and access to journal articles, namely, how these are controlled by some of the bigger-name journals (at great expense to libraries and users). The point of this post is not to argue the rights and wrongs of review and access of journal articles. What I’d like to highlight here is a complementary service to Mendeley that can help you curate your own subsection of journal articles, including comments and reviews to and from fellow academics who weren’t invited to review the articles the first time around. PaperCritic is a open publication review tool that uses the Mendeley API in order to facilitate commentary and review of journal articles. In short, you can connect it to your Mendeley account and then comment on articles publicly, including rating them on readability, quality of argument, and other fields.