So one problem that I had to deal with this past week was the problem I have been having with my collection of articles and books that I use as sources for my research. I have an external hard drive where I store all electronic copies of it, categorized by year of publication. I suppose that is the system that works for me. I could easily recall which paper was discussing which topic simply by the publication date and the author. So instead of categorizing my articles in name order (i.e., having a folder for all the papers authored by people whose last name begins with A), I do it by year.
However, that is not enough.
Sometimes, I would recall that there was this one paper I read, and it was about this and that, but I cannot find who wrote it.
Then, in comes my office mate, who speaks of wonders of EndNote. Apparently, this is a software that manages your bibliographic entries. And as a student of the university, I can get it for free, instead of paying for it.
So I downloaded it yesterday, and spent the half day importing my Bibtex entries to the format that EndNote takes. I already have a file listing all the possible relevant articles for my research, but it is in the form of LaTeX, and so I had to convert it first and then import it. That was easily done, and there are other wonders that I am discovering. One of these included discovering that I could actually save the abstracts of the articles into EndNote, so I can have a quick browse of what the article is about, before even digging the actual article. So I can just put up EndNote and browse my collection from there.
I suppose if one has a 12-page long bibliographic entry list (and it is still growing: the field of psycholinguistics is very virile and plenty of people are busy at work publishing articles) then one should have this sooner than later. I am glad that I discovered this early enough that I don't spend a lot of wasted time searching through my unfiled articles in my office.
So, what else can this program do?