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PowerPoint presentation I have given at Washington State University about Zotero and Connotea - alternatives to (and expanders beyond) bibliographic management tools such as EndNote. Some slides are hard to read.

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  • 1. A Bibliographic Playlist:Online Reference, Recommender, & Collaborative Academic Tools Lorena OEnglish http://pbj.ctlt.wsu.edu/oenglish [email_address] Yahoo/MSN/AIM IM: wsulorena

2. The Problem

  • Keeping track of websites, articles, gray literature, and books for scholarly research can be difficult and require complex systems or multiple systems
  • Reference manager software = $-$$$
  • Research is often collaborative but most reference management solutions are not (or at least not very)

3. A Potential Solution

  • Social Bookmarking sites allow you toshare links to webpages with others(either specific people or the general public) i.e.http:// del.icio.us
  • Many social bookmarking sites only work with open websites, but now there arefree academic bookmarking sitesthat allow access to scholarly articles (even those from subscription databases)
  • Increasingly these sitesserve multiple functions : reference managers (including citation styles), discovery/ search engines, delivery/fufillment services, recommendation/suggestion engines, and collaborative spaces
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4. Obligatory Technical/Vocabulary Slides 5. The OpenURL StandardLink Resolvers and Link Resolver (provides access to an appropriate copy for WSU users, if available) 6. Digital Object identifiers (DOIs)

  • A way to identify something (generally an article, but could also be journals, books, data, etc.) along with associated info (metadata)
  • Provided by participating publishers through DOI Registration Agencies (i.e.www.crossref.org ) for persistent identification of scholarly content.
  • Can find in both electronic and print versions of articles
  • Generally takes to a publisher page, that may or may not provide fulltext links for WSU affiliatesit depends

7. Tagging as Metadata

  • Metadata: assigned data about data
  • Tagging resources with descriptive indexing terms
  • "...bottom-up classifications which lack rigour..." ( The Observer ) - No promises of consistency...internally or externally...
  • A way to self-organize information (articles, website, blog posts, bookmarks, etc.)
  • Can be social and searchable

Library of Congress Subject Headings Del.icio.us 8. The Tools

  • Endnote Web(www.myendnoteweb.com)
  • Zotero(www.zotero.org)
  • Connotea(www.connotea.org)

And CiteULike And RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite 9. EndNote Web

  • Good for current EndNote users
  • Web version provided free to all WSU affiliates via the WSU Libraries subscription to Web of Science
  • Librarian Jane Scales teaches EndNote Web classes via WSUs HRS training office
  • http://wiki.wsu.edu/wsuwiki/Endnote_Web


  • Available as a Firefox 2.0 extension
  • Based on your computer, but can be loaded on a flash drive for portability and record transfer.
  • Can use with all open webpages, and many/most WSU Libraries article databases via OpenURL/Find it@WSU .
  • Allows tags, notes, and screenshots to be associated with articles & other resources
  • Can import and export citations to EndNote, RIS and other reference manager formats using multiple citation styles; includes Microsoft Word plug-in for attaching citations (in correct style) to documents
  • Can attach (and search) associated PDFs
  • From the Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University.
  • Forthcoming: Web-based, collaborative and recommender capabilities

11. 12. Adding at theArticle level Opens application 13. Shows storedimageof pagesometimes Links to article viaFind it @WSUSubject headings/descriptors areautomatic tags; tags can be addedor deleted. Tags can be searchedindividually or in combination. 14. Adding at the Results level 15. 16.

  • Web-based and easily accessible
  • Can use with all open webpages, Griffin, and many WSU Libraries article databases viaDOIs and OpenURL(or at the worst, copied or manual entry with no article full text)
  • Can import and export to EndNote, RIS, and other reference manager formats; resources can be archived
  • Can attach PDF files for specific articles
  • Can keep references private, limit to specified group, or make public
  • Collaborative can share comments on resources (public, private, or group)
  • Recommender/suggestion engine - discovery beyond search via tagging, related articles, and related users (but you can search it as well )
  • Provided for free via scholarly journalNature

17. 18. 19. 20. 21. ConnoteaZotero

  • Pro
    • Bookmarklet-based
    • Private, public or collaborative
    • Discovery
    • Web-based
    • Archivable/formats
    • Sponsored by Nature Group
  • Con
    • Works best with DOI
    • Often requires some manual entry
    • Used mostly in the sciences
    • Doesnt work with all library databases/publishers
  • Pro
    • Browser-based
    • OpenURL standard makes most library resources accessible
    • Integrated with MS Word for adding references via plugin
    • Archivable/formats
    • Rapidly developing (GMU home, and grant $$$)
  • Con
    • Requires Firefox 2.0
    • Sits on a computer drive (for now)
    • Just you (for now)
    • Doesnt work with all library databases/publishers
    • Wikipedia: Comparison of Reference Manager Software

22. Takeaways

  • HRS Classes starting in the spring
  • Tailored workshops for graduate student groups, etc. available on request (oenglish@wsu.edu)
  • Want to try it on your own?
  • IMPORTANT : These resources areNOTformally supported by the WSU Libraries!