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Subscribers to Nature Journals Can Now Use ReadCube to Annotate Research Articles

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:58



Subscribers to journals can now use ReadCube to highlight and annotate research articles in their web browser. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Digital Science have announced the integration of ReadCube’s web reader tool with The web reader tool is currently available to personal subscribers and site license users. 18 Nature journals are currently available.

ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. It provides access to research materials through partnerships with several publishing companies. ReadCube’s SmartCite allows you to create a bibliography while you write using the contents of your ReadCube Library and any article available on PubMed.

More information about ReadCube.

ReadCube also allows users to enhance PDF  files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, integrated authorial information, and access to stored supplements. Additionally, users can highlight sections of documents and write notes saved within the client.

Press release from about ReadCube: including Journal Titles.

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Using RefWorks to Manage Your PDF Collection

Mon, 2015-01-05 14:24

RefWorks is a popular easy-to-use citation management application but has limited options for working with PDFs. At the moment it is not possible to directly import PDFs into a folder. However, in the edit view you can upload the PDF as a file attachment:





The text of PDFs and other file attachments may be searched by selecting Attachments in the Advanced Search/Search Field drop-down menu and entering a search term.

Note that in addition to PDFs a file attachment can be a Word document, an image file or  other file types.

For more information on file attachments view this Attachment Feature Fact document.


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New UCSF Library Subject Guide on Data Sharing and Data Management

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:08












Funding bodies increasingly require grant-holders to develop and implement Data Management and Sharing Plans (DMPs). Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied.

The Library has created a new Subject Guide that provides an introduction to data sharing and data management, with an emphasis on those issues affecting those of you submitting grant applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). New Library-supported tools such as DataShare and DMPTool are highlighted.

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RefWorks and Mac OS Yosemite (10.10)

Mon, 2014-12-01 12:16

This information is from the University of Virginia Library:

“If your new Mac has the Yosemite operating system, when you download WNC 4 be sure to select WNC4 version 4.4.1225 as this is compatible with OSX 10.10.  This is the second link listed as an option for download.  If you have upgraded your older Mac to Yosemite, you will need to turn on your Java application before downloading WNC4.”

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Using Papers 3 (Mekentosj) for Collaboration: Papers Online

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:00

Though Mekentosj’s Papers application can be considered a reference manager, allowing you to cite research sources and format a bibliography, its greatest strength is its use as an online system to help you effectively manage research collections.

Papers 3 for Mac, Windows and iOS now includes a new collaborative feature, Papers Online. Papers Online introduces two features: Shared Collections and the Reading List. Shared Collections are collections of papers that are stored online and can be accessed and edited by multiple people. Only metadata are shared, but Papers will allow you to download and save PDFs for the documents as it usually does. The reading list gives you several new ways to more easily get articles in and out of Papers and keep track of what you are currently researching.

For more general information about Papers 3 view this online video.




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EndNote Update X7.2 Provides More Features for Collaboration

Thu, 2014-11-13 12:13

EndNote has released it’s latest update, X7.2. The major new feature is the ability to use an EndNote online account to share a library with up to 14 collaborators. You’re also given unlimited online storage so you can store and share as many files as you need.

On opening EndNote X7 you’ll be prompted to update to X7.2.

With X7.2 you can:

  • share a library with anyone who’s using EndNote X7 (with up to 14 people)
  • sync attachments, notes, and annotations in real-time for collaboration
  • share your entire EndNote library, including references, PDFs, and annotations
  • share just groups
  • add to, annotate and use the library – at the same time as others

For more information:









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Using Zotero for Collaboration

Thu, 2014-10-23 13:54

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use application to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. In our experience one of its strengths is the option to create shared libraries, known as Groups, allowing you to collaborate with other Zotero users. The ease with which Groups can be set up facilitates a wide range of collaborative activities.

Zotero was originally developed as a FireFox extension but a recently introduced  “standalone” version allows you to use it with other browsers. With the local component on your computer you can add citations and bibliographies to Word documents.

To use Zotero groups you must also create an online account at  Zotero’s online syncing allows you to access your Zotero library on any computer with internet access and Zotero installed.  The two components are then kept synchronized.  Zotero Groups offer users the option to create shared libraries and collaborate with other Zotero users.

To create a group login to your online account and select Groups:









Give your group a name. Note that you can choose who has access to it:

Click here for more information on using Zotero Groups.

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