Responses to query 15.1450 : Citation Software
|Author:||D. Will Reiman|
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I received 6 responses to my question, half of which were from EndNote users or former users. Also mentioned were Bibliographix, BibDB, and LaTeX/BibTeX. Some details from the correspondants:
Tucker: Has used EndNote for 20 some years. He sees little reason to upgrade past v5.0 (current version available: 7.0). All his colleagues and most grad students use it, he thinks due to a site license. He seems satisfied, but never looked into anything else. Student Price for v7: $109.95
Kimberly: v6 has some bugs, but the patches provided fixed them, and should not exist in v7. She says she is happy with it. Pro: manages citations, organizes separate libraries, plugs in citations while writing papers, downloads citations. Con: the download feature struggles with Portland SU's proxy server.
Paul: once used v4 for Mac, but was frustrated by its inability to preserve font info, such as suprasegmentals.
Christopher: ''It is wonderful, flexible, and does everything I need.''
Martin: The interface is 'old fashioned', he says, but stable. It outputs BibTex files in the background, which can be accessed with LaTeX/BibTeX. Says he is 'very pleased' with the app.
Stephanie: Pro: basically the same features as Reference Manager or Endnote, without the price tag; cite-while-you-write; capacity to write and easily switch citation styles; 13 publication types built-in, plus the capacity to create 3 more of your own. Immediate, uncomplicated service/support, plus a comprehensible handbook. She joined with five other students to buy 6 copies for 60 Euro each. Available in German & English. Designed for compatibility with MS Word, MS Office, and LaTeX apps. Con: None mentioned. States she has not been using long.
D. Will: This is the program I currently use. Additional positives are a useful Basic version anyone can download for free. The basic version has some limitations in reference downloading, as well as printing of references, but it's ability as a database is unhindered. Also, it claims to be more than just a reference management tool, it can be used from first ideas to the finished paper to organize the writing process. Its idea outliner module has some drawbacks, but is a good asset, and could potentially become a very good asset. I have not yet tried the Pro version, but the developers say the database format is exactly the same, so one's work should be totally portable between the two versions.
This is the extent of the information I received from my query, but I am continuing to research the topic. If anyone would be interested in a more thorough treatment of the topic, let me know. I hope to have something more substantial ready by mid-Fall.
Thanks to all who sent information: Tucker Childs of Portland SU; Stefanie Zilles, U of Bonn; Martin Volk; Kimberly R. Levell, Portland SU; Christopher Brewster; and Paul Fallon.
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