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Apr 01, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 7)

Connotea: Online Reference Management

URL:www.connotea.org
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If you’ve ever used information-sharing sites like Delicious (http://del.icio.us) or Flickr (www.flickr.com), you’ll be familiar with the idea behind Connotea. If you aren’t, then read on. Connotea is an information sharing service (free, free, free) for “researchers, clinicians, and scientists” that provides online storage, access, and sharing of references for use in bibliographies. Imagine, for example you are on the road and need to access references for a talk you are giving. If you had stored references at Connotea, they would be available to you wherever you can get Web access whenever you want. How does it work, you ask? Simple – you have to register. This provide you with account space and after that, you simple click on references to add them to Connotea. Ideally, you add keywords to them so you can retrieve them later when you need them. Simple is good and easy access is even better. Connotea scores big time with this valuable tool for scientists.
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