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The recommended product should:

  • Operate on Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Easy to navigate
  • Allow for attaching images/pdfs/files
  • Accuracy of citations
  • Number of citations allowed
  • Off-campus access
  • Ease of downloading from library databases
  • Simple instructions, intuitive to use; possibly a wizard or tutorial
  • "Learn as they go"
  • Compatible with D2L
  • Word integration
  • Add tags to citations and use to manage
  • Search function
  • Range of citation format
  • How often are the programs updated (especially if citation formats change or new source-types become common)
  • Some evaluation characteristics to consider (from Patti):
    • Accuracy of citations
    • Number of citation styles available (this may have gotten translated into the wiki as # of citations
    • Web based? Or based on each computer
    • Allow for sharing with others (such as for group projects)
    • Multiple projects per user account
    • Price
    • Ease of use for undergraduates
    • Technical support required
    • Robust enough for faculty research
    • Ease of downloading from databases & library catalogs
    • Support for new types of sources
  • List of requirements "mined" by Linda from http://libguides.metro.org/researchmanagement
    • work on multiple computers
    • collect numerous web-based references and sources
    • work collaboratively with others
    • maintain access to your sources if you leave the institution
    • organize a large number of pdf files
    • generate a bibliography quickly for an assignment
    • quickly cite a work in a popular bibliographic style
    • work in a specific citation style
    • cite a work within my document
    • use a free tool
    • use a desktop application installed on main computer
    • work offline when no internet access
    • use a tool licensed and supported by institution
    • use a tool that works on mobile applications
  • List of requirements "mined" by Linda from http://brandeis.libguides.com/content.php?pid=10580&sid=70586
    • add/import and manage citations
    • export bibliographies as Word, HTML, etc. (What output styles are provided? Can custom ones be created)
    • share libraries with others
    • cite resources while writing
    • Add file attachments to records (pdf)
    • compare duplicate references
    • search references
    • import from online databases
    • ability to export library to a different tool
  • List of requirements "mined" by Linda from http://purchase.libguides.com/content.php?pid=196636&sid=1646442
    • None additional - links back to Metro site.
  • List of requirements "mined" by Linda from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software
    • cost
    • release date, updates
    • operating system support (Mac, Windoes, Linux, Unix)
    • export formats (BibTex, Endnote, Medline, RIS, XML, other)
    • import file formats (bibtex, Copac, CSA, Endnote, ISI, Medline, XML, Ovid, Pubmed, RIS, Scifinder, Other)
    • citation styles (APA, Chicago|Turabian, Harvard, MLA, Other)
    • Reference list file formats (Html, LaTex, RTF, Plain text, RSS, other)
    • Word Processor integration (Word, OpenOffice, Kile, RTF scan, other)
    • Database connectivity (ArXiv, Cite seer, IEEE explore, PubMed, other)
    • Passworded
    • Networking capability (user-specific permissions, simultaneous write access)
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