Web 2.0 tools to manage your references?

February 18, 2011

Good reasons why you should use Social Bookmarking / Citation Tools.

  • Cut down on your use of postit notes! 😉
  • Cluster or organise your refs into bundles.
  • Keep track of websites you want to revisit as well as articles, wikis etc
  • Manage your personal reading lists
  • Promote your own published research!
  • Collaborating and interact and SHARE with others
  • Serendipitious Learning!

Take yourself back to 2001

Student Sally comes into the library with her mates at lunchtime to browse and photocopy some articles. One of her friends pick out some articles they found from a search they did earlier and she picks out the references which were given to her in the lecture they just had. The other one picks her nose. (only kidding- run with me – we’re nearly there)
Sally notices that her friend has a couple of articles which would be relevant for a case study which she is working on in her placement.  She asks her friend for them and she also notices that one of the articles is in a themed issue, so there are a number of articles of relevance to the case. Whoopee. Saved loads of time, now they are all off home for tea and scones.

How does this happen in 2011? Not the cream tea! The serendipitous learning! If you are on a distance learning course; on placement or just don’t see that many people in the flesh these days….Social Bookmarking / Citing is FOR YOU!


Social Bookmarking / Citation Tools

February 15, 2011

Social Bookmarking isn’t new, but there are so many products on the market I do get asked what advantages do they offer over professional referencing software such as Endnote.

So here is what I have gathered from personal use and other people’s opinions.  I think it would be great if you have anything to add or share with us please add your comments.

Social Citation allows you to:

•Drop in resources from sites you have been browsing on the web and from other users libraries and add to your own
•Network with other students / researchers
•Build collaborative collections of resources
•Use tags to browse other researchers libraries
•Use in conjunction with other web 2.0 tools such as RSS to add resources to a blog or website


Recommends articles to you, when you have built up a picture of your own references.
Easy to copy references from other people.
Used mostly by scientists
Can share journal articles, web links, book, any documents
Can import/export to Endnote.
Has bookmarking buttons for your browser

Automates Bookmarking
Groups feature – makes collaboration easy.
You can keep bookmarks private or share them.
Annotation and highlight feature.
Allows you to share what you have found with others via Twitter, blogs etc.
Everything on Diigo is there because someone has thought it’s worth saving

Allows you to organise your references and pdf’s
Creates Bibliographies
One of the more academic Social Bookmarking tools

Uses an integrated Firefox extention in browser
Integrates with word and open office to build bibliographies.
Comes preloaded with major citation styles.
Groups function allows you to collaborate and share
File storage space for you to save word, pdf or image files.
Great for importing references from non traditional sources like wikis

Over to you – what do you think?