Category Archives: Annotation

How reference managers could help is in our thinking process rather than just hold our libraries…

I must admit I don’t seem to be perfectly happy with what reference manager software have to offer. I am probably unjust and have high expectations. After all, they are ‘reference managers’ and in that sense they are already over-performing. … Continue reading

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Searchable PDF annotations: Automating conversion to Skim notes

Many academics now read journal articles on screen, as PDF files. Holdouts—and they are everywhere—print out forest-sized stacks of paper that teeter on crowded desks. Freedom from clutter is just one advantage of digital reading. Another is searchability: a large … Continue reading

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Guest post by Ez: Annotating PDFs in Papers, Sente, Skim and other apps

Ez responded to the post on annotating pdf in Papers with a comment so useful I reworked it, with Ez’ kind permission, in a separate post. It was prompted by John asking about a “simple workflow”: ‘… [to create] referenced notes … Continue reading

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Annotating pdf documents in Papers

Until recently, when asked whether Papers provide good annotation tools I would say “not really… but they have other advantages …”. There is no longer need for such an excuse. Papers’ support for document annotation is as good as in their competitor, … Continue reading

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Using Sente and Papers to handle references and bibliographies

Sente and Papers are popular Mac utilities to handle academic articles. Papers focus on organization, reading and annotation of articles, whereas Sente’s primary function is bibliography management (citing articles in your own publications and creating bibliography lists). This post covers … Continue reading

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