CiteULike + Google Scholar = ?

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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?

10 thoughts on “CiteULike + Google Scholar = ?

  1. Another alternative is to use iTunes to manage your PDF files. Yes, iTunes! iTunes can organize your PDF files like a song file. You can do search, even create Smart Playlist of your PDFs.

  2. Hahaha…. heard of that trick, but that would be a novel way of managing PDFs. I also do know that Adobe Acrobat 7 has PDF document management features, e.g. create sets (read: playlists) of your PDFs and so on.

  3. We may have talked about this before, but the killer is not that but integration between Endnote and Google scholar. Endnote should be extensible in some way, I think.

    Actually, what is needed is an open source Endnote killer (or some super-user-friendly BibTeX tool).

  4. I still don’t get Endnote and I don’t think I’m so dumb that I can’t figure it out… indeed, it’s not me, it’s the stupid software… I can’t use it!! šŸ™

  5. I was wondering… do you keep hardcopy backups anywhere? What if there’s a system outage or something, and your entire semester’s worth of citations are wiped out? Woah, touch wood man.

  6. Ivan: Backups… hardcopies are best, but I don’t have a lot of physical space to manage that, so I resort to data backups on external drives which take up more affordable virtual space.

  7. CiteUlike is very good.
    But, How to directly import the reference in Citeulike into my .doc paper? I don’t want to do like this: citeulike->Endnote->.doc file.

  8. At the bottom of the citeulike page, there’s a button to export to EndNote or BibTex. Yes, I find Endnote sickening too, espeically useless since it doesn’t interface with my campus library fully (besides the fact it doesn’t have open API).

  9. A new similar site but with more advance features to build a community around the research field is http://www.complore.com.

    Its a place to share and access each others work. Form groups and solve problems through forums.

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