Reference Managing —— Make your materials more productive By Zhao Yao
Ref Managing is important
Assistance – Hundreds, even thousands of papers to read in order to complete a full research project
Efficiency – keep your papers in good order, in the way you want, fitting into your specific needs and habits.
Convenience – make the references cited in standard publishing form
An Overview on ref. managing tools
EndNote (by Institute for Scientific Information, ISI)
Reference Maganer (purchased by ISI)
Free of charge
Key Functions Local ： build reference database——to add, modify, search, backup, import…… Web ： groups to discuss and share papers
An instance -
Mendeley was founded in Nov.2007, with its first beta version released in Aug.2008. Up to now, there are 30,000+ users along with 3+ million reference entries.
Free of charge ， Multi-platform （ Windows ， Linux ， Mac ）， both desktop tools and web services
Automatically build local reference database
Search online to get full and accurate paper information
Easy yet powerful functions to add, modify, annotate and import entries
Web platform to share and communicate based on user accounts
Search all PDF files in local folder, get information such as title, author, publishing year, and add them into the database.
As supplement, Mendeley can search online for more accurate information including keywords, abstract, web-links, through search engines like google scholar.
Achieve in one-click!
Usage and benefit
View, highlight, annotate the PDF file, as well as add tags and notes
Assort the entries in a collection-based style
Advanced search for author, title, publisher, etc.
Batch-rename PDF files
Export entries in standard bibliography forms
Word Plugin, easy to use
Online reference database, synchronized with your local one.
New papers and new friends with real interactions.
Import both reference information and PDF files through webpage into online database.
Statistics and recommendation based on user accounts.
A comparison -
from webpage, more accurate and convenient
Better bibliography creating
Still there’re many other reference managing tools available, each one with its own features. As another example, Reference Manager combines database management with literature searching, without need to switch to an internet browser.
It’s better to choose from one’s own needs and habits. Mendeley is an outstanding choice for its wide functions and easy-to-use interface design, though it is not an opensouce software.
The ultimate purpose is to improve your research efficiency!