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Can anyone recommend a good article management tool

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#1 Chenlu Lou

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:12 AM

I am currently working on my thesis. With so many PDF documents, it's really hard to manage all these articles. Which tool you think is better for helping organize these articles?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

you can find some suggestions in the subforum "reading and organizing literature" in the "dissertation and paper writing" forum.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:35 PM

I prefer printing out articles and put them into yellow folders according to topics.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:07 AM

I prefer printing out articles and put them into yellow folders according to topics.

How does fulltext seach work on that? ;)

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:56 PM


I prefer printing out articles and put them into yellow folders according to topics.

How does fulltext seach work on that? Posted Image

I know printing articles is a bit environmentally unfriendly, to me, reading on paper is easier than on screen because you can make marks and notes freely while reading.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:58 PM

Enviromentally friendlyness is really not a question (how many completelly useless catalogues you get each year, how friendly is that) but I really wondered how you do it, if you need to search for something inside the paper or within. There are tools in PDF readers that allow highlighting and adding comments and stuff and saving it with PDF file. Moreover you can note web pages and so on.

I particulary moved everything I have into electronic form, except for the labbbook and those things I really prefer to have on paper, like sequences of genes with marked mutations in them, that would be really a time consuming task to do electronically, I have in dual form, that means one paper copy with markings and one electronic I can search (that is essential specifically for sequences) and then find it due to line numbering in the paper sequence. I couldn't be as now relying only on paper, because file you can copy (even with notes) and have with you all the time, everywhere. Also electronic format has the advantage to be foldered in several virtual folders at once.
I think even if you prefer reading in paper form it's good to have a double in electronic, and there is this question how to manage it.

Thing is I'm not really sure myself. I'm naming the file with the abbreviations of the complete title, because that is the main thing I recognise articles by, I don't remember author or journal, some people have only names and years or so, but I would't really know what paper it is and what's it about, titles tell at least something. Downside is when my boss refers to some "famous XY paper in Nature" I have no idea which one it is ;)
I keep them in roughly thematic folders, but for some papers that have more tha one topic I create a symlink to include the file virtualy into several folders.
And of course the main tool is fulltext search in PDFs, I'm not sure how W7 is with that now, I was using external desktop searches, that could do that. As Google is saying, search is everything, if you can define a good search, you don't need to organize at all.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:00 PM

I know printing articles is a bit environmentally unfriendly, to me, reading on paper is easier than on screen because you can make marks and notes freely while reading.


I also print out some papers (at least those that are really important and that I want to study in more detail), however a reference manager is still helpful for organising and referencing the papers for a thesis or a paper etc.

And I also archive them in computer folders, but there I only call them like "Smith J Cell Bio 2009" because when I read a paper I always try to associate the content with the first author's name - in most cases it works fine, but could of course become increasingly difficult as the library grows ;)

Edited by Tabaluga, 23 March 2013 - 05:04 PM.

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#8 Chenlu Lou

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:28 AM

Ah ha, thank you for all of your replies! I just searched out a reference manager tool named "readcube", it can automatically show the article name in that software! That's awesome! Since usually when i download some articles from some websites, the name of the file is really hard for me to recognize what exactly the topic is...

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:17 PM

I am a molecular biologist and I use readcube every day. It is great for staying on top of new research and keeping all of my documents organized. I can do my research so much more efficiently now because I don't have to move between my internet browser and my desktop--Readcube allows me to do everything all in the desktop application.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:49 AM

I am an graduate student, and I am doing research for my professor. I used to use Endnote, but now I am using ReadCube everyday. I can directly use it to search articles vs I had to export the article to desktop endnote before reading it. Enhanced PDF is my favorite function, you can easily find related articles that was cited in your current article. It really saved me lot of time. I high recommend everyone get rid of Endnote and start to use ReadCube. It's free software and can be easily downloaded from http://www.readcube.com/

#11 Tabaluga

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:13 AM

Is this a readcube advertisement thread now ?? Posted Image

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#12 Chenlu Lou

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:21 PM

Is this a readcube advertisement thread now ?? Posted Image

haha, it seems to be! But I myself downloaded readcube and keep using it now. Feel not too bad at this software. Posted Image





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