Archive for May, 2011

Introducing… Zoho Writer for WizCite

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Apple users, as a rule, are an incredibly patient lot. Because the market is hugely dominated by Windows users, it is inevitable that most software products are initially only Windows-compatible. Most times, they have to wait weeks or months before the Mac-compatible version is released.

While WizCite for Mac is currently in the works, it will take a little time before its release. But fret not, dear Mac users. Below are some handy work-arounds which you can use instead of having to download OpenOffice (which is essentially redundant if you already have Word for Mac):

1. Publish your citations to your Profile Page

Note: For this method, users will generate the required citations as a downloadable text file. Also, before you begin, make sure that you have enabled your profile page. Go to Settings found at the top right hand corner and check the box under Profile Page Sharing Permission.

  1. Create a folder under Publicly Shared Collections (found at the outer left panel).
  2. Drag and drop the items which you want to cite into the newly created folder
  3. Click on the icon.
  4. Check all the articles and click the export icon (the icon with a green arrow)
  5. Select the citation format which you want and download the references as text.

In order to use WizCite on Zoho Writer:

1)    Simply drag and drop the WizCite bookmarklet onto the Bookmarks Bar.
2)    Log into Zoho Writer and open up a new document
3)    Click on the WizCite bookmarklet on the Bookmarks Bar
4)    Click on “Insert Citations” and you are ready to begin citing!

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Here’s a visual guide to using Zoho Writer for WizCite:

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Importing references from text to a journal reference manager

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
How does one get their reference list from a Word document into their reference manager?
Most reference managers do not allow for the importing of text citations with ease. Users, very often, are reduced to manually adding the citations from the document into their respective fields. This method of transferring references is arduous at best.
However there is a way around the problem! Because WizFolio allows for the easy import of text – through its “Copy from Clipboard” feature – and subsequent export of references in RIS or BibTex format, the University of Missouri has suggested using WizFolio as a conversion tool. Their article offers clear and succinct instructions on how to convert references from text to Endnote using WizCite. These instructions can similarly be generalized to apply for other reference managers such as Zotero and Mendeley.
Importing files in RIS format is not perfect, as each reference manager uses a slight variation of the RIS format. Users whose reference managers can import in the BibTex format will have an easier time importing their references.

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Overview of the process

A visual guide on How to Import Text References into WizFolio

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