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November 6th, 2011 - History Graduate Students

About November 6th, 2011

Bibliographic Database Question 09:53 am
bratty_jedi
My school has RefWorks so I've long used that to organize my dissertation and teaching sources (separate accounts). I have a couple of problems with the program, however, and am interested in either having someone better at using RefWorks than I am tell me how to make it work for me, or in getting suggestions on specific programs that might work better for me.

Problem 1: RefWorks is terrible about handling archival materials. I've played around with it enough that I have some things that make it kind of work, but if there is something out there that natively works better with archival material, I'd be very interested in giving it a try. Given the idiosyncratic reference preferences of individual archives, I suspect it just isn't possible to design a program that can handle them, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

This one got long, so I'll cut it. The short version is that I'm super anal and want to over organize everything and can't make it work in RefWorks the way it works in my head.Collapse )


One thing I love about RefWorks is that it is online. Being able to access my sources from any computer is a huge plus. It's annoying when the internet is out, but I have that problem far less often than I want to access my database from a computer not my own. I'd really like an online database, but if there is something out there that will solve my folder / tagging problem in particular, I might be willing to take it even without online access. I'm willing to pay for a program or service, but it can't be a lot as I am, of course, a broke grad student.

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