I was asked to start using Endnote to manage my references. It was always tough to learn new things. But it was always a headache when I have to cite many references and started to lose count of the numbers. At the end of any writing, the headache becomes obvious when you are stumbled with an author who published many paper on the same year, and you cited all of it. As for me, making sure that all of the references are manually formatted as perfect as possible, is totally a nightmare!
I heard about Endnote since 2 years ago, but started to use it since 2 weeks ago. I started by opening an account with Endnote web, and filled it with all the references I used.
EndNote Web® is a Web-based reference organizer and writing solution, fully integrated with ISI Web of Knowledge®. ISI Web of Knowledge users have free access to EndNote Web, making exploring research literature and writing papers easier and more seamless.
–> You read it right. If your library is using ISI web of knowledge as the main database, then you can have a free Endnote web account.
When I started to use it, it took some time figuring how it works, but I can say it is relatively easy.
I installed the endnote web plug in to my laptop and pc too.
Then I installed the endnote both in the office pc and my laptop at home.
The fun part of making the endnote web as the centre of managing the references is the ability of it to import and export the citations, to and from the endnote. The other advantage of the end note web is, you don’t have to bring your laptop anywhere. You can cite straight away from end note web (using endnote plug in), and you can also save/import these citations to your endnote (in the pc and laptops). How cool is that?
So, I asked myself. Do I want to use endnote web or endnote? Or both?
It was a hassle to do the reference importing and exporting. So, I’ll stick with the endnote web. Why? First, internet connection is always good and fast, so accessing the webpage won’t be a problem. Second, If I ever travel to somewhere without my laptop (where internet is available), I’m sure to have these references when I need it. Third, I’ll just stick to one account than 2 pcs. Its far more manageable.
I tried citing using Endnote web just now.
Really happy about it.
p/s: I’m not paid for writing this ok!