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Mendeley Review

DiRT (Digital Research Tools) has a new home! Please visit Bamboo DiRT to explore this excellent collection of research tools.

 

Web site: http://www.mendeley.com/

Date of first review/ name of reviewer: 6/3/09  (Olivia Meyer)

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Produced by:  Mendeley Limited

Cost: Free

Description: "free social software for managing and sharing research papers. It is also a Web 2.0 site for discovering research trends and connecting to like-minded academics.”

Platform: Web-based

License:

Maturity: Beta 0.6

 

Features:

  • Organize research materials into a personal library and sort based on different categories such as title, author, or tags
  • Assign tags to materials
  • Create groups of users to collaborate on research projects
  • Search other users by name or specialty
  • Collect information from a variety of sites including EBSCO, Amazon, Google Scholar and more
  • Build a profile page that shows resume, grants and awards
  • Tracks statistics by authors read and specialty

 

Advantages:

  • Import libraries from EndNote and many other academic bibliography programs
  • Web-based library can be accessed from any computer
  • Track statistics about general use on the site and specific items that relate to personal use
  • Site is easy to navigate
  • Global users are diverse in location and education level

 

Disadvantages:

  • Few users means there is not a lot of data on research trends
  • There are very few free articles, site mostly contains abstracts or links

 

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