This week i have been trying out the suggested tools use to help organize academic research and I particularly like Mendeley. I like how it syncs with all your portable devices that allows you to able to access to all the papers you need while on the move. The other good part of it is that its free! I have used Refworks but I like how easy to use Mendeley furthermore they even suggest other articles that are related to the category of document you upload. Other useful features are the different citations styles available and allows you to annotate on the document. I would definitely recommend this tool.
|How it works||Web-based application, available from any computer with web access. Citations are saved online in the user’s RefWorks account, though users can also create backups on their own computers.||Software application, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as iOS devices. Also available via a web-based interface.|
|How to get it||FSU subscription to RefWorks.||Free; go to www.mendeley.com and click on Sign Up & Download.|
|Strengths||Works best for users switching between different computers, especially if using shared or public computers.
You can share citations with other users using the RefShare feature.
The Attachments feature allows you to save articles as well as citations on the RefWorks server and access them from any computer.
|Manages not only citations, but also creates a well-managed library of your imported papers.
Regularly syncs content between machines and with the web version, keeping you always up to date.
You can form groups to share resources and citations within your lab/study group/cohort.
Integrates with MS Word for easy inserting of citations/bibliographies.
Unlike RefWorks, you can keep your account and data even after graduation.
|Weaknesses||Available to users only as long as FSU continues to subscribe (citations can be exported to other reference managers or to a Word file).||No local support within the library.|