A Delicious for scholarly articles

Been meaning to revisit this service for quite a while - and beaten to it by Jisc, so here's their blog post in full...

I just discovered CiteULike, a website for organising and sharing references to scholarly articles.

It’s somewhat reminiscent of Delicious in that you can build up a list of links to papers which you identify by tagging and then share your links with others. However, CiteULike also compiles and stores all of the information needed for citations in scholarly journals. What’s more, it has the Genius-like capability to make suggestions of other articles that you may find interesting or useful.

The advantages begin to spring to mind immediately. You can find and study your papers on any computer on the Internet. Citation details are automatically generated. You can easily collaborate on papers by sharing links with your co-researchers. You can find other researchers who are reading the same papers as you and look at what else they’re reading. If you’re a student, you and your classmates can group together and build up a common library of links.

Perhaps best of all, you can organise and index the papers you read without knowing where your reading will take you. In fact, tagging can become a research tool in its own right, suggesting lines of enquiry that you may not think of otherwise.

A simple idea well executed—the web at its best.

Original post: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/a-delicious-for-scholarly-articles/#When:08:49:45Z

Posted by Steve Hull on Monday 06 September 2010 at 9:49am

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  1. Just found my way to the blog and have linked it to my RSS feed -- especially excited about citeulike, want to think about it as a way of creating more useful reading lists for teaching (and research!). --Erin, Shakes. Inst.

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  2. It'd be great to hear how you get on with citeulike, Erin - having started with Delicious, I'm a bit stolid on moving, but I might be persuaded! How about you do us a guest blog post on your thoughts on citeulike?

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  3. Sure thing! Don't have much experience of either, but experimented with delicious earlier in the year and was intrigued by its possibilities. Still getting used to citeulike but will let you know how it goes!

    E

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