Bibliography Madness

In a meeting yesterday Dr. Michaels asked me what my thoughts were on bibliography software, specifically which software packages worked the best. I’ve looked into using bib software in the past (specifically, Bookends for Mac) but haven’t ever done much more than that. Has anyone had any experience with a specific application? What are your thoughts?

On that note, what do you like/dislike about the software? For me, one of the more important features would be the software’s ability to catalog/tag journal articles. I’m usually drowning in a sea of journal articles with no clear method of organizing them, so this is a biggie for me. I of course know that some may be looking more at bibliography creation, so share your experiences, as well as what you’re looking for in this type of software.

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3 Responses to Bibliography Madness

  1. I sometimes use the library’s version of RefWorks. It works reasonably well, and is integrated into their various electronic sources so that references can be downloaded quickly (without significant data entry). The downside is that once you leave UNL, the free service is gone. You can export your references from it, though, to take them with you. I tried a trial version of one of the paid ref managers for windows and it was fine, too (I can’t remember which one). Personally, I think it is a matter of personal preference and trial and error to find the one that fits your style best.

  2. Bizhan Faripour says:

    I’ve been using Zotero, which is a firefox extension. The only problem with it is that it is stored on your computer, so unless you back it up (which takes some effort) somewhere else you can risk losing it.

    It’s fairly easy to use, and can download citations directly from websites, including things like amazon and googlebooks in addition to jstore and journal websites.

  3. Bizhan Faripour says:

    + it’s free.

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