|Title:||Bibliography Applications: Editor's Overview|
|Publication Info:||Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
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Bibliography Applications: Editor's Overview
vol. 2, no. 1, April 1999
|Article Type:||Software Review|
Bibliography Applications - Editor's Overview
Historians read prodigiously. From the time a budding historian enters a Master's program to the end of a long, academic career, historians have books in their hands. Historians' bookshelves are filled (as are floors at times). Book reviews are scattered through files and binders. With so many books, the question of how to organize them becomes crucial. For teachers looking for quick references for their students or lectures, for writers organizing bibliographies, or for graduate students trying to organize the mass of books and articles they need to digest for qualifying exams, bibliographic database programs are useful tools. The following reviews examine three of the most popular of the commercially available bibliographic database-building programs. The following table highlights the features of each.
|Endnote 3.00||ProCite 4.00||Reference Manager 8.00 [*]|
|Overall Rating (scale of 1 to 5)||4||4-4.5||4|
|Ease of Use (scale of 1 to 5)||4||3.5||4|
|Inserts Citations Into Documents||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Inserts Abbreviated Citations||No||No||No|
|Number of Reference Types||17||28||35|
|User-Defined Reference Types||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Number of Citation Styles||300+||30+||140|
|User-Defined Citation Styles||Yes||Yes||Yes|
* Reference Manager v. 9.00 is in the final beta-testing stage and is due to ship on April 5, 1999. New features include an Internet reference searcher, better bibliography builder and better database manager. A review of Reference Manager 9.00 will be forthcoming from the JAHC.