07 January 2011
By Tristram Hooley
Researchers are likely to find that social citation tools are one of the most useful categories of social tool.
Social citation tools are essentially the conventional reference manager given an online and social twist. There are a range of different products out there which include Zotero, Mendeley and Connotea. However the one that I use is CiteULike. If you would like a detailed technical comparison of different reference management systems have a look at Wikipedia’s comparison article.
I like CiteULike, but I can’t promise that it is any better than the alternatives. They all offer slightly different functionality, but I’d advise you not to get too bogged down in comparing the different components. I’ve found that the most important thing is identifying where other people who share your research interests are located. If you can find the tool that other people you know are using then you should probably use that tool as the biggest benefits are in the social aspects of these tools.
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