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RefWorks for Classicists Workshop

September 14, 2010

This is obviously of most interest to my readers actually located in Athens, GA!  Here’s the content from the flyer:

RefWorks for Classicists
A workshop on bibliographic & citation management software.

  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Where: Park Hall 149
  • Who: interested Classics Graduate Students, Undergraduates, and Faculty.
  • Why:  Manage information, save time & effort

Bibliographic management software allows you to export citations from library catalogs or article databases, store the citations and .pdfs of articles in a database and make notes on them, and insert citations in your Word documents.  UGA has site licenses for RefWorks and EndNote; there are others free on the web (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)

This workshop will focus on setting up a RefWorks account, working with the most common sources for Classics, and issues and concerns related to Classics (i.e. European-style titles, Greek fonts).  If you’d like to work with me to learn EndNote, please email pacheson@uga.edu and I will be happy to meet with you one on one or in a small group.

Trying to decide between RefWorks and EndNote?  See the chart below and also http://www.libs.uga.edu/citeman/index.html

RefWorks

  1. Web-based, only available when you are online.
  2. Your citations and pdfs are available on any computer with internet.
  3. No need to download new versions / software patches: seamless updates.
  4. Can attach up to 500 MB of files to citations.
  5. RSS feed reader and storage built in (great for repeating searches at set intervals).
  6. Interface for PDA/smartphones.
  7. Works more seamlessly with L’Annee Philologique.

EndNote

  1. Software you download to a computer, so can be used when you are not online.
  2. Your citations and pdfs are stored in a document (.enl file, a “library”), so using multiple computers requires planning ahead & a thumb drive.
  3. Yearly and more frequent releases of software updates which you may install to keep current.
  4. Can attach unlimited amount of files to citations for archival purposes.
  5. New optional Endnote Web makes citations more portable.

Both: support Unicode for Greek characters, work well with exports from most article databases and library catalogs, offer many formatting choices for bibliographies, support plug-ins for Microsoft Word that allow seamless citation insertion in documents, and with with Macs as well as PCs.

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One comment

  1. Thanks for mentioning Mendeley, Phoebe. I hope you don’t mind me pointing to another comparison chart of reference mangers which includes a few more options here: http://network.nature.com/people/mfenner/blog/2010/02/22/there-is-still-so-much-to-learn-in-reference-management

    In case you’re curious, there are approximately a hundred users at UGA, so if you’d ever like to set up a teaching session, I’m happy to help and there are also teaching materials at http://mendeley.com/spread-the-word



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