July 2011 Archives

RefWorks 2.0 and Lion (Mac OS X)

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From RefWorks' Facebook page:

Mac users, please be aware that Write-N-Cite 2.5 is not supported by OS X Lion (Apple's recently released OS update). If you have already updated your operating system, here are some steps you can take to create a bibliography using our One-line/Cite View. We will be making an announcement about the new version of Write-N-Cite later this summer, and, yes, it will support Lion!


Citation Management Software: Features and Futures

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A helpful overview of the current scene for libraries and citation managers.

"Author Merinda Hensley reflects on the role of the librarian in choosing, promoting, and teaching citation management software. She examines four of the most popular citation managers from the perspective of both the patron and the librarian. More than just reviewing features, Hensley provides best practices for the instruction and support of these important research tools."


Mendeley Version 1.0 and Webinar slides

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After a long time at version numbers like Mendeley has reached version 1.0. You can find the release notes at http://www.mendeley.com/release-notes/. The new features that stick out for me are de-deduping, nested folders, and an improved Word plugin that is closer to EndNote/RefWorks. There are still improvements to be made, but Mendeley chugs along.

In case you don't know, Mendeley employs a rather democratic feedback system at http://feedback.mendeley.com/forums/4941-mendeley-feedback.

Finally, if you missed yesterday's Mendeley webinar that Linda alluded to, you can view the slides at http://www.slideshare.net/williamgunn/mendeley-for-librarians-for-narration and presentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZi3GD7KXmk.

Learn more about Mendeley at 7/26 Webinar

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Here's an opportunity to learn more about Mendeley at a free Webinar on July 26 from 12-1 pm CDT.

Mendeley is a cross-platform application (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS) that helps researchers organize their research documents, collaborate with colleagues, and discover new research.

Learn more about the session and Mendeley here:


To-Do tools for working with a group

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Lifehacker has pulled together a list of to-do tools that can be used by a group. Some are familiar, others look like they would be worth exploring.


Life Could Be Easier: On the Go part 1

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Are you wondering whether you should get a smart phone? Do you have a smart phone that you'd like to get more out of? This summer, we're asking our colleagues from across the University to recommend their favorite apps, and to tell us what's so useful about them. Chime in in the comments here if you have questions or recommendations of your own.

Our first two app recommenders come from the University Libraries' Web Development department:

Chad Fennell, Mobile device type: Android (Optimus V)
Recommended apps:
Gmail "Android's overall Google integration is, not surprisingly, quite good for Google email, calendars, contact information, etc."
Google Maps Navigation: "This is kind of a greedy application in terms of battery life, but for that you get an exceedingly useful navigation application. It's probably not as robust as, say, a Garmin Nuvi, but it's getting there."
Google Voice: "Even though the message transcription is often fairly garbled, it's nice to be able to actually be able to read voicemails. Google Voice also allows me to decouple my phone number from the device I happen to be using at the moment, so I won't have to rely upon carriers to get my number transferred to a new phone when I migrate off of my Optimus V."
GQueues (task manager): "I just started using it, but it's one of the best "Getting Things Done"-ish task managers I've seen with a nice mobile user interface."

John Barneson, Mobile device type: iPhone
Recommended apps:
SMS (text messaging): "The only way many of my family and friends communicate."
Twitter: "Easy to randomly browse on the go."
iPod: "Music and podcasts for the bus ride."
Google/Google Apps: "Not much else to say here."
TouchTerm (secure network for data transfer): "SSH terminal client if I need to access a server in a pinch."
Evernote: "Keep track of everything across multiple devices."

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