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Tools for library Power users

Here's a list of tools for library power users. If you have suggestions for tools to add to this list, please send an email to Shinjoung Yeo, IC coordinator.

  • Del.icio.us: del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site. It allows the user to collect Web sites of interest, share favorites with friends and colleagues, and discover new sites that others have tagged. Find out more on the delicious about page, and be sure to check out the Information Center's tag cloud for a portal into IC staff's favorite research sites across the social sciences and humanities. You can suggest Web sites for us by using the "for:sulinfocenter" tag.
  • Refworks: Refworks is a a Web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create a personal, searchable database of citations. These citations can be formatted into Microsoft Word documents as footnotes or a custom bibliography. Stanford University licenses Refworks so it is free to use for all Stanford students, faculty and staff. For more on Refworks, including how to set up a user account, see the library's bibliographic software support site.
  • Firefox Web browser: Firefox, the open-source, ad-blocking and highly extensible Web browser, has hundreds of add-ons to make the Web browsing experience better. Below are some add-ons to facilitate your library/research experience.
    • Del.icio.us complete: make tagging Web sites for delicious all the more easier!
    • Greasemonkey: Greasemonkey is an extension off which other extensions are built.
    • LibX: LibX is a plugin that lets you search Socrates quickly as well as drag-and-drop article/citation searches into google scholar. Check out the LibX quickstart guide or more information.
    • Socrates Search: This little FF plugin allows the user to add Socrates as a search option in built-in browser search box. Works with Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7.
    • Zotero: a Firefox extension that helps users gather and organize resources (whether bibliography or the full text of articles), and then annotate, organize, and share the research results. Zotero not only allows for automatic capture of citation information, but, with the click of a button, creates a local storage space of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages.

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Endnote vs. Refworks

A common question among users of bibliographic management software such as Refworks or Endnote is. "What's the difference? Here's a good table of differences between the two options.

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