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Creating a “Watch Folder” in EndNote

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2015-05-11 13:10

A “watch folder” is  a feature that will automatically import all PDF files saved in a chosen folder from your hard drive to your library when you open EndNote.

To use this feature follow these steps:

  • Select PDF Handling from EndNote Preferences









  • Select the folder from where you want EndNote to import your PDFs into your library





  • Download or copy your files to this folder for automatic importing. When you run EndNote Desktop, any new PDFs added to this folder will be automatically imported to your personal library

After EndNote runs the import operation, EndNote creates a subfolder called Import within the Auto Import Folder. EndNote also imports a copy of each PDF to this folder.

Note that EndNote does not import from subfolders within the Auto Import Folder.

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EndNote Plug-In for Apple Pages Word Processor

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:14

If you’re using Apple’s Pages  instead of MS Word you’ll have to install the Pages EndNote plug-in if you want to cite references and create a bibliography:

More information here

Note that there are versions available for Pages 5.0 or later, and earlier versions.

Note: The plug-in is installed automatically when Pages ’09 is installed as part of the iWork suite (from a trial, retail box, Configure to Order, or volume license.)

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Getting RefWorks’ Write-n-Cite to Work on the Mac

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2015-04-06 13:48

If you’re using Write-n-Cite/ProQuest for Word on a Mac with the Mavericks or Yosemite operating systems you may have trouble getting it to format your bibliography. You can easily fix this by downloading and installing Java 6 from the Apple website before you download Write-n-Cite.

There is also a link from the Write-n-Cite download page in your RefWorks account:

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The Library’s Pop-Up Consultation Services

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2015-03-30 14:19

Maybe you’ve researching a health topic but can’t seem to find relevant papers in PubMed and are too busy to make a regular appointment with an export searcher. Or, you’re having trouble using reference management software such as EndNote or Zotero. Perhaps you want advice on which tools to use for data management.

UCSF Library’s “pop-ups’ are regularly held informal consultation sessions for faculty, students and staff where you can just drop in and get help with a variety of research questions. Current topics include:

  • PubMed & Finding Information
  • Reference/Citation Management
  • Pivot: Finding Funding Opportunities & Research Collaborators
  • Bioinformatics for Biologists
  • NIH Public Access Policy & UC Open Access Policy

Pop-Ups are currently held at Mission Bay, in Mission Hall’s “The Hub.”

Click here for more information and Pop-Up schedule.


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H-Index: What it is and How You Find Yours.

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2015-03-09 15:16

Journals have long been ranked in order of relative “importance” by their journal impact factor (IF), but that system has come under increasing criticism.  There is a more general debate on the validity of the impact factor as a measure of journal importance and the effect of policies that editors may adopt to boost their impact factor (perhaps to the detriment of readers and writers).

The h-index, originally described in 2005 by it’s namesake Jorge Hirsch, is a measurement that aims to describe the scientific productivity and impact of a researcher. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. The larger the number of important papers, the higher the h-index, regardless of where the work was published. It relies on citations to your papers, not the journals, which is a truer measure of quality.

A researcher’s h-index can be calculated manually by locating citation counts for all published papers and ranking them numerically by the number of times cited. However, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar can also be used to calculate an h-index.

This video from the Medical College of Wisconsin describes the h-index in greater detail and how to find it using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.


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ReadCube Enhanced PDF Launches Across Wiley Journal Content

In Plain Sight - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:36



ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. It also allows users to enhance eligible PDF  files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, integrated author information, and access to stored supplements.  Additionally, users can highlight sections of documents and write notes saved within the client.

ReadCube has been getting a lot of attention due to its partnerships with several publishing companies including the Nature Publishing Group, and now Wiley. When you find an article through ReadCube’s Web Reader, Desktop app or one of its publishing partners websites (, you’ll be presented with unique access options: Rent, Cloud or PDF. ReadCube Access provides options to buy or, uniquely, rent individual research articles.

Note however that the Rent/Cloud/PDF options should never display for UC-licensed articles. UCSF users will see the PIA options when viewing articles in a Nature or Wiley journal that we don’t subscribe to. If you’re interested you can go to the website for the journal Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA  Choose an article that doesn’t have the open access lock icon, then click on PDF.

ReadCube’s Rent/ Cloud/PDF options are more fully described in this article from the California Digital Library (CDL).

For more information about the basic desktop ReadCube see this previous post and a Wikipedia article.

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Having Problems with RefWorks’ Write-n-Cite?

In Plain Sight - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:16

UCSF librarians have encountered several Mac RefWorks users having problems getting Write-n-Cite to work correctly on their laptops. Usually it’s associated with the Mavericks and Yosemite operating systems. These problems are often not reproducible, so it’s been difficult to pin down why it’s not working properly and what’s the fix.

If you’re a RefWorks user having problems using Write-n-Cite you can still format a bibliography using One-Line/Cite. View this short online tutorial to see how this method works:









Alternatively, you may want to switch to different software. Some of our students are switching to Zotero, which is free and relatively easy to learn.

Click here to learn more about Zotero.

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