Category Archives: Tools & Technology

H-Index: What it is and How You Find Yours.

Journals have long been ranked in order of relative “importance” by their journal impact factor (IF), but that system has come under increasing criticism.  There is a more general debate on the validity of the impact factor as a measure … Continue reading

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ReadCube Enhanced PDF Launches Across Wiley Journal Content

    ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. It also allows users to enhance eligible PDF  files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, … Continue reading

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Having Problems with RefWorks’ Write-n-Cite?

UCSF librarians have encountered several Mac RefWorks users having problems getting Write-n-Cite to work correctly on their laptops. Usually it’s associated with the Mavericks and Yosemite operating systems. These problems are often not reproducible, so it’s been difficult to pin … Continue reading

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Subscribers to Nature Journals Can Now Use ReadCube to Annotate Research Articles

    Subscribers to Nature.com journals can now use ReadCube to highlight and annotate research articles in their web browser. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Digital Science have announced the integration of ReadCube’s web reader tool with nature.com. The web … Continue reading

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Using RefWorks to Manage Your PDF Collection

RefWorks is a popular easy-to-use citation management application but has limited options for working with PDFs. At the moment it is not possible to directly import PDFs into a folder. However, in the edit view you can upload the PDF … Continue reading

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Using Papers 3 (Mekentosj) for Collaboration: Papers Online

Though Mekentosj’s Papers application can be considered a reference manager, allowing you to cite research sources and format a bibliography, its greatest strength is its use as an online system to help you effectively manage research collections. Papers 3 for … Continue reading

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EndNote Update X7.2 Provides More Features for Collaboration

EndNote has released it’s latest update, X7.2. The major new feature is the ability to use an EndNote online account to share a library with up to 14 collaborators. You’re also given unlimited online storage so you can store and … Continue reading

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Using Zotero for Collaboration

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use application to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. In our experience one of its strengths is the option to create shared libraries, known as Groups, allowing you to collaborate with other … Continue reading

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Using RefWorks for Collaboration: RefShare

RefShare is a special feature of RefWorks that allows you to share information in your RefWorks account with others. It’s accessed from the Organize & Share Folder tab: RefShare allows you to share your RefWorks database of just specific folders, or … Continue reading

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When Will EndNote X8 be Released?

Some of us dread the arrival of summer because that’s when the EndNote folks usually announce the release of a new version of the software and we have to start thinking about whether or not it’s worth upgrading (and if … Continue reading

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