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Keeping Current: Physics: Sharing References

Current awareness resources for Physics including TOC, subject alerts, citation alerts, social networks, new books, and news items.

Citation Management and Beyond

What are other researchers in your field reading? Would you like to share an article with your labmates? There are a host of services available for managing and sharing article citations (and in some cases, the PDFs).

Service Cost Platform PDF storage Network /Share

Biblio. creator (Word)

RefWorks CUL provides site license Web-based Yes (see note) Yes (see note) Yes Traditional citation manager, but includes ability to attach up to 200 MB and use RefShare to share citations with colleagues. More information...
Endnote $ Win/Mac Yes Yes (see note) Yes Traditional citation manager. Client installed on your computer, with the ability to backup and share through Endnote Web. Comparison of RefWorks and Endnote
Mendeley Free Win/Mac/Linux Yes Yes Yes (alpha) Import your bibliographic library or PDFs to a desktop client. Metadata is autoextracted from PDFs. Save your library online, share with a group of colleagues, keep track of aggregate trends in your field, and much more.
Papers $ Mac only Yes No No Import PDFs, browse and search for similar papers from databases including arXiv, Web of Science, ADS, and more. Annotate and compare PDFs, read PDFs within Papers. Currently does not offer sharing with groups.
Zotero Free Firefox extension No
No (in development)
Yes "Capture" reference information as you browse the Web. Link references to files on your computer.  Currently does not allow synching/sharing online (in development)
CiteULike Free Web-based Yes Yes No Social bookmarking. Save bibliographic information (private or public), attach PDFs, add tags, see who else saved this article, monitor other's libraries, groups, and export your citations.
Connotea Free Web-based No Yes No Social bookmarking. Offers many of the same features as CiteULike (except PDF storage). Connotea is open source, so many Firefox extensions exist. Also note, Connotea allows you to set your preferences to more easily access Cornell's subscriptions off-campus (you'll be prompted for your netid). In the Toolkit, under Advanced Settings, Resolver URL, enter

Many other academic networks and collaboration tools are springing up, but are currently less developed than the options above, or do not provide adequate coverage in the physical sciences. If you'd like to learn more, contact Kirsten

Physics & Astronomy Librarian

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Leah McEwen
293 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2501

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