As literature reviews are the order of this semester, I’ve been trying to find better ways to manage the journal articles I have to review. Presently my infinite sets of printed material are thrown chronologically into appropriately colored folders within a filing box.
While this is fine and dandy, I have even more PDFs of articles which
I’m just dying to I have to catch up on, but don’t think I’d like to kill more trees for. While these PDFs are arranged in appropriately colored folders as well, it gets hard to track everything that I’ve to use, even with a decent search engine on the Mac. Perhaps a folksonomy approach could be used to managing these documents, like one on CiteULike.
CiteULike has been around for a while and you can think of it as “Del.icio.us for Academics”. The mechanics are the same except that when you find an article via one of CiteULike’s favorite journal resources (e.g. CiteSeer), it enters all the information automatically into your bookmark, complete with ability to add your own tags, ratings and notes (e.g. review). Because of how everything is tagged, you can also browse similar tags made by other CiteULike users, enabling you to find hidden treasures you might have missed out in your search.
While I enjoy having my own CiteULike library, the only problem with it so far is that the article’s meta-data isn’t always perfectly parsed and only certain journal resources work with it. You can’t blame the creator for trying as the domain of peer-reviewed journals is filled with it’s own class of drama.
Now, if only CiteULike could store and manage articles found with Google Scholar, that would be insane! Does anyone know if something like that were possible?