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Reference Software/Archiving Software for papers

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    So in reading advice and getting feedback from current students, I've decided that it's probably in my best interest to make a go at getting more organized. Anyone have any preferences on software to organize journal articles?

    My ideal program would be something that can organize saved PDFs of articles as well something that makes for easy referencing when I'm writing.

    I've been messing around with bibus recently, but wanted to see what everyone else uses.
     

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      CiteULike is pretty good, has some nice social features, and can be accessed from anywhere, so if you see a good paper at a conference or whatever you can add it. When you're ready to write you can export a bibliography to EndNote or BibTeX or whatnot so that you can cite it easily in your papers. And it lets you tag your references with words so that you are categorizing as you go. Also lets you store a PDF with the article (only you can access it, so they get around copyright complications that way).

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        so Mac Users- i just got a mac and need a reference manager of sorts to start the dissertation work. Is "Papers" what everyone uses or are there other options? I'm new to this, so any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks!
         

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          +1 to EndNote - will save you hours upon hours. When space is short in grants, you can use numbers for notations and as you go back and insert references EndNote will automatically fix your numbers to reflect the changes.

          Use the "Connect" function to jump onto the NLM and you can search by the PMID, then right click and save your PDF - easy as that.
           

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            I used Endnote all through grad school, and for the most part it worked well as described by others in this thread. However, there were many new versions released and they weren't always seamless from one to the other, particularly across platforms (MAC - PC). I use a web-based application now with all of the features of Endnote, but without the headaches. RefWorks is available at my institution, and has been great. Multiple users can access libraries online, you can store pdf's there, as well as easily import Pubmed refs and create bibliographies. The interface isn't as pretty as Endnotes, but it is much more convenient.
             

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              I used Endnote all through grad school, and for the most part it worked well as described by others in this thread. However, there were many new versions released and they weren't always seamless from one to the other, particularly across platforms (MAC - PC). I use a web-based application now with all of the features of Endnote, but without the headaches. RefWorks is available at my institution, and has been great. Multiple users can access libraries online, you can store pdf's there, as well as easily import Pubmed refs and create bibliographies. The interface isn't as pretty as Endnotes, but it is much more convenient.

              When using EndNote with a manuscript that is to be shared with coauthors or colleagues, I always recommend sending a document where the "remove citations" has been performed, with all citations delimited by special characters. This ensures compatibility between versions of EndNote software and between operating system platforms (Mac OSX, Windows XP or Vista, and Linux).

              Also remember that the "remove field codes" has to be performed before submission to most journals.
               

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                so Mac Users- i just got a mac and need a reference manager of sorts to start the dissertation work. Is "Papers" what everyone uses or are there other options? I'm new to this, so any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks!

                I just started using papers and it is excellent. However, it is still new and there are some features that are not well developed (e.g. creating bibliographies) and there are several bugs. Taking that into account with the fact that I think the developers intended it to be used along with more heavy duty citation software, I would recommend using papers in conjunction with endnote. Alternatives to endnote on the mac include sente, bookends, and bibdesk.

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                  Hey, my university subscribes to Endnote. It is not bad, though it will take some time for you to learn how to use. Recently, someone introduced WizFolio in my school too. I think it is pretty good. You can sign up for a free account and give it a try.
                   

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                    Anyone use Mendeley?
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                    I've bounced around between refworks and mendeley and now I use mendeley almost exclusively. It's great for being able to sync your papers between your computer and your mendeley web account (meaning that you can access any papers from other computers anywhere as long as you have an internet connection). You can add notes and highlights to papers as you read them, you can organize your library nicely, and it's nicely integrated for direct citations in microsoft word if you want.
                     
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