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Posted by Pavi
Nov 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM


Hi, good news Mitchell. I used to use Zotero and both it and Mendeley are extremely easy to use (Zotero perhaps a bit easier, but Mendeley more viewing/sharing/organizational options).

Just to add, PubMed will have more articles available for free, as the new NIH policy says that all funded research MUST be made public within 1 year of publication.

Best, /Pavi

Mitchell Kastner wrote:
>Scrivener refunded the purchase price less a 15% restocking fee charged to them by
>their payment handler.
> >I am giddy using Zotero add-in in Firefox with Writing
>Outliner which is an absolute joy. I hope you bio-types won’t think any more less of me
>but I discovered only last night that PubMed has oodles of free full-text articles,
>which as an attorney is all I need. Windfall!.
> >I am skipping UR, which I adore, and I am
>sticking everything-research included—-into Writing Outliner. For example, I am
>going to prepare a medically-laden article on carpal tunnel syndrome claims under a
>federal workers’ compensation statute: you know to need to know about CTS if you plan
>on winning or defeating a CTS workers’ compensation claim. I downloaded from Westlaw
>a DISEASEDEX article which I used to create an outliner of Word docs in Writing
>Outliner. As I go through the journal articles, I will cut and paste snippets into
>these docs along with my blessed Zotero cite, or add to my outline or modify it.


Posted by JBfrom
Nov 10, 2011 at 09:10 AM


Since we’re on the topic, anyone know a good document manager for all types of docs, not just pdfs? I checked and Mendeley doesn’t fit the bill.

Linux compatibility would be nice.


Posted by Pavi
Nov 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM


Ultra Recall works very well for me. Also, Smereka TreeProjects is popular and appears to be a good choice.


JBfrom wrote:
>Since we’re on the topic, anyone know a good document manager for all types of docs, not
>just pdfs? I checked and Mendeley doesn’t fit the bill.
> >Linux compatibility would
>be nice. 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 10, 2011 at 04:56 PM


As so often, it really depends on what you want to do with the documents you’re managing. Do you want to be able to export them in their original form? Search through them “seamlessly”? Incorporate their data into a single resource? View them as if they were notes in an outline? and so on. I only make this point because I’ve played with hundreds of different “document management” applications, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, depending on what you want to achieve.



Posted by JBfrom
Nov 10, 2011 at 09:49 PM


Ultra Recall is not going to work for multiple gigs of data. If for no other reason than the Windows file size limit.

Does Smereka face the same problem? Sounds like it would.

Sounds like you are the right person to talk to then Bill.

I don’t care about export or incorporation. I do want search. The more intelligent, the better. And auto-categorization would be nice. Along with rating, and maybe the ability to build a reading queue. Renaming would be cool too.

Basically I’m a massive info addict and I need a way to manage my collection. Right now I’m hand sorting it into a directory tree, which is tedious.


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