But now my bibliography for my Viking research has grown to four pages of sources (some of which are massive books) and I can no longer remember what came from where in that sea of knowledge. When I recently came on the idea that I wanted to compile an annotated bibliography to share with others, I realized I could use some help and that lead me to do a different type of research... one to find a tool to help me organize my collected mass of data.
There are several premium products on the market, such as EndNote, and a host of "free" products as well (Zotero, Qiqqa and Mendeley). I finally decided to look further at these and based on the amount of free storage space and ability to use it on an iPhone/iPad, I chose to test out Mendeley.
Wow. I never in a million years thought that organizing my books and articles would be so easy! I import a PDF and the program often is able to compile the base data (author, publisher, year) itself. I can then add tags, notes and I can highlight passages and annotate those. I am overjoyed! It will take me some time to enter everything, make notes and highlight items, but eventually I should be able to export my bibliography to share. Yippee!
If you are interested in looking at some of the other options, here are the links for those as well:
And while I am speaking of research, it seems that quite a few people are just now finding Academia.edu (a site that houses research articles). I had assumed that the whole world knew about this resource but apparently not. Quite often I have found some of the same articles there that are housed on Jstor (which is inaccessible to most folks). Enjoy!