10 April 2014

[sci writing] EndNote

[sci writing] the one with the EndNote Lib

Just finished Reading a refresher doc on EndNote (EN). So the world leading proprietary citation manager by Thomson Reuters has reached version 7. First I used it in 2005.

These are some notes on it:

  1. You can choose to integrate your lib (library) with EN Web. You'll be asked this option the first time you create your lib. Don't forget to choose the option "save as package". This is new option guess. The doc said that the option makes a stable backup. Don't know what it is. It is recommended to save your lib in a flash drive, since you might want to work on multiple PCs.
  2. You can search your references (ref) directly from EN or you can use your university lib's cross-ref facilities if you registered to one. Each has its pros and cons. Basically you will have larger database to search if you do it through the uni lib, than if you do it in EN. So I would recommend you use the uni lib, unless your subject is closely relevant to what EN's cross-ref has.
  3. If you do the number 3 from the uni lib, then make sure you download the citation data. You can get it by looking at the export citation command, then choose EN format or RIS format. EN also can import Bibtex or text format, but unless you use other citation manager like Jabref or other open source manager, you should stick to the EN format. If you search your ref from EN then it'll save you some time, because the ref will automatically saved as ref entry in you EN lib. On every ref entry, you can also attach the coresponding pdf on it. You'll see a paper clip icon if the pdf is properly attached.
  4. You can also search for ref links that have full text pdf, and excluding the rest of the non-full text links.
  5. For a big project with many subjects, you can sort them out and make a different group out of your main lib. So for instance if you have a hydrogeology topic as your main lib, then you can make groups like: hydro modeling, groundwater-surface water interaction, etc. This is very useful options, rather than saving your lib in to different file names, like it used to be on older version of EN.

I'll add this up with my search-case. You can also open these links:

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