BibTeX Reference management software Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations (references). Once a citation has been recorded, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays. The development of reference management packages has been driven by the rapid expansion of scientific literature. These software packages normally consist of a database in which full bibliographic references can be entered, plus a system for generating selective lists of articles in the different formats required by publishers and scholarly journals. Modern reference management packages can usually be integrated with word processors so that a reference list in the appropriate format is produced automatically as an article is written, reducing the risk that a cited source is not included in the reference list.
Zotero vs. EndNote We here at ProfHacker are big fans of Zotero. Some of our earliest posts covered teaching with Zotero groups and making your WordPress blog Zotero-able (although we can’t control whether it’s “zo terrible” <rimshot>). And of course, there’s Amy’s fantastic two-part series on getting started with Zotero (parts one and two). The folks at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (who make Zotero) are friends of ProfHacker, and we got one of our earliest boosts from their Digital Campus podcast. That’s why I feel a little sheepish about making the following confession: while I admire and proselytize for Zotero, I actually use EndNote for my own research. A few weeks ago, ProfHacker got a request asking us if we could compare the two platforms, which gave me a great opportunity to try to figure out why I prefer EndNote. Apart from my own level of comfort, however, I wanted to know what the differences were between the two tools. Zotero EndNote Return to Top
Found yourself in a referencing rut? Here are your best options… Are you getting the best out of your referencing software? Ellie Harries tackles Mendeley, Zotero and EndNote in a browse at the choices available for those who find themselves stuck in a referencing rut. Referencing is an essential feature of all academic research and rapid technological advances have contributed to the proliferation of programmes which can help researchers systematically manage their references. Referencing software allows researchers to build up personal libraries of articles, notes and citations and some tools even allow you to share papers and notes with colleagues. While all this is great, there so many options available that it can be hard to know where to begin. To help you make the right choice, this blog provides a short overview of three key reference management tools out there. MendeleyMendeley is an advanced research management tool which is favoured by some for its use of social networking features. Mendeley’s key features: Zotero Zotero’s key features:
ProfHacker 101: Getting started with Zotero Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written quite a bit about organization. In addition to course materials and materials for our dossiers, we need to keep good track of our research materials and notes. A number of commercial tools exist for this purpose. I’ve had some experience with EndNote and Sente, and both work as advertised; others will have to chime in on the other options (and I’m sure there are tools I haven’t mentioned). Why? It’s cross-platform.It’s free, so I can recommend it to students without feeling the least bit guilty. I’ll come back to that last point in Part 2 of this two-part series. First, go to Zotero’s homepage. If you’re intrigued enough to try it, be sure you have the FireFox browser installed (if you don’t, you can get it from Mozilla). Then, go back to the Zotero homepage, and install the FireFox extension. FireFox may prevent the extension from installing the first time you click on it. That will bring up a dialog box. Above you see a small portion of my library.
How to choose a reference manager Reference managers have become an essential component of any researcher’s toolkit, enabling them to store, reproduce and share their bibliographic information quickly and easily. Compatibility with standard word processing software has potentially saved days of extra work, manually creating and formatting references. Early Days The first package, Refman from Thomson Reuters was launched as early as 1984 (reference from Wikipedia); wider adoption of reference management software didn’t occur until the mid-nineties when the connected electronic environment facilitated database linking to individual computers. For more reference manager history, see From Sci-Mate to Mendeley - a brief history of reference managers from Nature Network Blog, Trading Knowledge (which has since ceased trading). Looking for extra value These days, the core functionality of reference managers is largely taken for granted as a software commodity for compiling bibliographies. Additional comparisons
Choosing a Citation Manager: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero - Citations and Writing The following popular citation managers supported at UW Libraries provide the same basic features and functionality with some exceptions -- they will all allow you to save citations, organize them into folders or libraries, and generate bibliographies and citations as you write. Below are a few scenarios that might be helpful when choosing a citation manager. Once you have narrowed down the choices, the rest is personal preference. Citation Manager Comparison Chart References MyReading Project « C&LS Reading List Project For those of you who’ve added journal articles to MyReading from Summon, the recent upgrade has thrown a tiny spanner in the works — the new “Direct Linking” feature links directly from Summon to the article, and bypasses the link resolver page which has the “add this to MyReading” link. So, I’ve decided to bring forward something that I’ve had on the development back burner for a few months now… Adding Items Directly from Summon This is currently being beta-tested, so you won’t necessarily see it when you use Summon yourself, but the aim is to add a “MyReading” button next to every result… …clicking on the button brings the reference information across into MyReading… …so that you can add it to a reading list… At this point, the reference in the reading list is now linked to the result in Summon, which means we can bring in extra functionality, including: the abstract for the articlethe URL Summon uses for “Direct Linking”subject terms (which link back out to Summon) Update: 29/Nov/2011