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Title: Bibliography Applications: Editor's Overview
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
April 1999

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Source: Bibliography Applications: Editor's Overview

vol. 2, no. 1, April 1999
Article Type: Software Review
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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
Online Searching Yes Yes No
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
Price $299 $395.95 $395.95

* 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.