Thinking about Jason’s post from this morning, which meditates on preservation and loss, as well as CJ’s post from a couple of weeks ago on somewhat similar themes, I am officially soliciting information from whoever cares to contribute on organizational practices, particularly when it comes to electronic tools.
I’m in the middle of a search-and-compile-bibliography phase regarding orality/literacy scholarship. Nowadays this involves searching the database, emailing the results to myself, then … I have to manually edit the results to put them into a usable format, and this usually means a word-processing document, which is a bit cumbersome when it comes time to search and/or reformat it all. The missing step, for me, is the ability to just download the database results into some software and then use that application to generate any bibliographies I might use in an article or pass out in a class.
First of all, has anyone successfully mastered the task of downloading data from the scholarly databases directly into their organizational software? I always run into problems of one sort or another.
Second, what software do you use and find helpful for such tasks? Procite? I always found it a bit unwieldy, but maybe I didn’t give it enough time to grow on me. Endnote? I’ve not used it. Something else?
The floor is now yours.
Update: Okay, somehow I pinged myself with this entry. There’s a TrackBack link from my “Sunshine and Smog” entry. Any idea how to undo TrackBack? Would that be Backtracking your TrackBack?