CPD23 Thing 14: Zotero / Mendeley / citeulike

I’ve downloaded Zotero (I use the Firefox browser at work) but I haven’t played much with it yet. I attended a free online Menderly tutorial late last year (see this post) and was impressed. However, I can’t download the desktop tool so using at work is not feasible unless I bring in my iPad or my laptop. However, there is a import feature that sits in your bookmarks list. From the website:  “Once you’ve located a document you wish to import, you’ll need to click on the bookmark you made earlier on either your bookmarks toolbar, or via your browser’s bookmark menu. Mendeley will then automatically import this document, and the associated PDF file if possible, into your library with the option of taking a webpage snapshot as well.” And get this – it imports from CiteULike! I’ve used the latter – it is just like Delicious (which has changed ownership and has been wonky since). Perhaps I will move our library’s Delicious links to CiteULike (which seems to be more stable) or Menderly. Or both – to cover bases just in case one goes under. Anyway, back to Zotero. I’ve watched a series of short videos by Havard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services (USA) that, although of a business slant, are really useful. Click here to get to the YouTube video series.  I have a monthly session on the weekly in-service training for nurses which occurs on the ward in the education/clinical room (one was in a room that also functioned as a storeroom). Most wards have them. This month will be referencing and bibliographic management on the renal ward. I plan to show them Zotero.

One response to “CPD23 Thing 14: Zotero / Mendeley / citeulike

  1. I am one of the founders of Docear, which is a new software for organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature. Today, we released version 1.0 of Docear after a ~2 year beta phase. If you are interested in reference management, you might want to have a look at Docear. The three most distinct features of Docear are:

    1. A single-section user-interface that differs significantly from the interfaces you know from Zotero, JabRef, Mendeley, Endnote, … and that allows a more comprehensive organization of your electronic literature (PDFs) and the annotations you created (i.e highlighted text, comments, and bookmarks).

    2. A ‘literature suite concept’ that allows you to draft and write your own assignments, papers, theses, books, etc. based on the annotations you previously created.

    3. A research paper recommender system that allows you to discover new academic literature.

    And Docear is free and open source and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. More information can be found in our Blog, including a detailed explanation of what makes Docear superior to Mendeley, Zotero, etc. (at least in our opinion 🙂 ). http://www.docear.org/2013/10/17/docear-1-0-stable-a-new-video-new-manual-new-homepage-new-details-page/

    If you don’t like reading, there is also a 6 minute introduction video on our homepage 😉

    In case you are using a BibTeX based reference manager such as JabRef (and you don’t want to use Docear), you might still be interested in Docear4Word http://www.docear.org/software/add-ons/docear4word/overview/. Docear4Word allows you to insert references and bibliographies from BibTeX files to MS-Word documents. Hence, it makes writing papers much easier, since e.g. JabRef has no own MS Word add-on.

    Finally, I would like to point you to a recent Blog post I wrote about what makes an evil reference manager. Maybe the post helps you deciding which reference manager to use (even if it’s not Docear). http://www.docear.org/2013/10/14/what-makes-a-really-really-bad-reference-manager/

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