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Papers for Mac - Questions →
13 Jul, 2011 12:43 PM
Let me explain. I use Papers2 to dig for new literature and
manage all my pdfs with it (did so since way back with Papers1,
too). I generally add a new paper when I get some journal
notification email and think a given article might be usefull (not
reading it right away, often too busy) or when I'm hunting down a
certain topic (might read them right away, all forgotten two weeks
I usually come back to Papers when I'm about to write a new
manuscript and I love how I can search and file all those hits from
Web Of Science with Papers2. All good.
The problem is that, when writing a new manuscript [which is now
and I'll try to use Citations, thrilled], I often cannot remember
in which paper of my library a certain fact was stated (often a
collection of 3-5 papers)... An example form my field of research:
"N2O emission from soil was found to increase with temperature"
(3-5 citations)... A statement like this is often not the key
conclusion of the work (not in the title or abstract) as many of
these kind of topics are covered in any of those
For this kind of stuff it's very hard to just search the pdfs as
the search terms are really generic. The keywords I have in my
library are so cluttered (maybe from far-from-perfect imports or
just plain bad keyword selection in the papers). So now the way I
would have to deal with this is to basically cross-read every
single paper which contains N2O (couple of hundred in my library)
and then search for e.g. temperature which is really generic etc.
This is of course not pratical and I often find myself using the
same "standard" references I used before (neglecting a massive
amount of other possible sources) and I can easily remember.
How do YOU deal with this? Not a problem for you? Do
you create keywords for each and every aspect of a paper right wenn
you read the pdf (how deep do you traverse)? Right when you import
it into your library? Do you use external programs like preview.app
which give you a graphic indication how often a certain phrase
comes up in a document and where (I mean the bars to the right when
you search something there)...?
Would love to hear your opinions! Maybe it's a non-issue for you
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