– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

Thing 19

Thing 19 for 23 Things For Research is investigating online reference tools.

Bibliography citations are just not part of what I do, famous last words. Especially not lots of them – I’ll often quote one or two, but I love my job because, for one thing, it does not involve writing long pieces of citation-heavy prose. I looked at all the ad videos for Zotero, Mendeley and Colwiz, but couldn’t really try any of them as they all require downloads or installing something in the browser, and I can’t do that. Colwiz is the only one with a really web-only feature, and there isn’t much funcitonality. I’m so, so wary of Zotero’s cheery advice to ‘say goodbye to folders’. I detest gmail’s lack of folders (ok, I know they’re there, but you’re not supposed to need them. Ha. I’m an archivist; I need hierarchical structure. Mendeley’s offer to organise my PDFs is very welcome, but I avoid those things like the plague. PDF is supposed to be a friendly format? Well, I beg to differ. And too often they are not very well formatted for effective searching anyway; I have a feeling Mendeley can only organise things that are already pretty organised. I liked Colwiz’s project management setup.

That is all I have to say about this Thing! Not for me! Dismiss! Hurra!

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