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  • 1. A quick overview of the available reference managers (zotero, mendeley, endnote) Jose Quesada 5-5-2010 NOTE: reference managers change all the time; this information may be obsolete by the time you read this.
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    • Everytime metadata is manually re-entered a grad student cries.
    • -Howison
  • 4. Advantages for you
    • Should be faster that doing things by hand
    • Reformatting a paper for a different journal
    • Never have to think 'where do I have last cited that paper... so I can copy-paste the reference’
    • Removing a paragraph will remove the references too
    • If you fix a typo on your db, it will fix the references on all papers that contain it
    • Good for sharing papers and citations in a research group
  • 5. Advantages long-term
    • Metadata that travels with the paper. Will make papers easy to find and utilize
    • Current tools are trying to do it ‘the hard way’:
      • Scholar, Citeseer: Parsing author, title, etc out of the papers that we academics have in our homepages, and making them searchable for the rest of the word
      • Mendeley: Parsing author, title, etc out the papers on your computer and make them searchable for you
  • 6. Equilibrium: shareability vs. functionality
    • Desktop reference managers
      • they live on the desktop and integrate well with writing tools
    • Social bookmarking systems (citeUlike, connotea)
      • they are webpages, like delicious for academics
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  • 9. Is is technically possible?
    • Standards
      • Music:
        • ID3
      • Papers:
        • XMP
        • BibTeX
  • 10. annotations
    • When you highlight or add a note to a paper, it’s also metadata
    • This is not likely to be shared
  • 11. Soft peer review
  • 12. Soft peer review
  • 13. Google scholar
    • Go to preferences
  • 14.
    • Advantages
      • rapid release cycle
      • Metadata stays in the cloud
      • offers the best ‘facebook-like’ features
      • best social search
      • Innovative tools for measuring impact: ReaderRank
      • API
      • Annotations are included
    • Disadvantages
      • Automatic recognition often fails, and the manual fixing may be more trouble than it’s worth
      • Crashes quite often
      • May end up sharing more information than you are comfortable with
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    • Advantages
      • open source, free
      • best paper detection online (even amazon books)
      • Great integration with word AND LyX, openoffice
      • Metadata stays in the cloud
      • offers ‘facebook-like’ features, more to come
    • disadvantages
      • lives inside Firefox. UI is not as good as standalone apps
      • search is slow.
      • The more references you have, the slower it feels
      • Less templates than endNote
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  • 19. Conclusions
    • Mendeley is the most ambitious and fast-moving. There are still glitches for day-to-day use
    • Zotero is the most effective for my workflow
    • EndNote is dead