October 2008

It’s been an unbelievably long break between real posts (delicious doesn’t count), but the anticipated end of the university year and the easing down of work before Christmas offers some possibilities of real writing. Just as well, as one of my strategies for coping with writing problems arising from NAPLAN Year 9 is blogging. More later.

The topic of today’s homily is CiteULike, which I’ve just discovered and which made yesterday’s work on my research project a breeze. One of the major challenges when searching on-line journals is the inconvenient layout on most of the sites. One may not yet want to download the article, particularly if one is using Google Scholar or working from an rss feed (to get the articles in full, I need to log into the University Library). While Sente is a fabulous tool for research and citation, one still needs a couple of steps to download the citation.

CiteULike provides an on-line citation store and some of the features found in a social network like del.icio.us. I particularly like the ability to upload citations from Sente and then tag them. One can then use CiteULike to see if others have bookmarked the same citation and have a look at what else they have been researching. This is a highly efficient way of proceeding when looking at a specific topic like ‘distributed leadership. which is where I’m now at.

Once the citations are button clicked into CiteULike, you can leave them there, look for share citations, and then download them to Sente or whatever. Easy.

Very neat and potentially useful even for school students, but the beauty of having CiteULike buttons on many of the major journal stores is a bonus. It can only get better.