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Re: Advice re collecting bibliographical information

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Nicki Hastie <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 12 Sep 2005 19:29:18 +0100

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Hi Sue

I was interested to read all the other suggestions.  I thought you might
also want to check out ProCite.  It's a long time since I used it (early
1990s) and it was DOS-based then, but it's still around and appears hugely
updated and available for Mac. See http://www.procite.com/

I was using it for a project which went far beyond bibliographical needs, so
it was pretty flexible even in very early versions.  The project didn't
actually get completed - a directory of European Women Playwrights, with
detailed biographical notes as well as full listing of plays - but it was
certainly up to the job.  A librarian friend also thoroughly recommended it
at the time.  I don't know how it sits in the librarian world now.  Sad as I
am, I also enjoyed cataloguing my personal book collection using ProCite.
No - perhaps the saddest thing is that I didn't keep that up!  :-)  I have
an impressive collection of inter-library loan photocopies on subjects
relating to lesbian literature, popular culture and reader-response theories
that deserve to be catalogued.  I reckon I'm building an archive ... someone
will still want the paper-versions ...

Nicki

Out on a dike - http://nickihastie.blogspot.com
Woman-stirred: a quartet of queer women writers -
http://woman-stirred.blogspot.com
http://www.nickihastie.demon.co.uk




Sue wrote:

I'm posting this query to the list and also to Tipmonkies
http://www.tipmonkies.com/

I'm just starting a big book project which is going to take me five years
and will involve an extensive bibliography and an awful lot of footnotes.
Worse, it will be a multimedia bibliography which so far is spreading across
bloglines, furl, and del.icio.us as well as all kinds of other websites and
print media.

What I would like is some kind of template - online or offline - where I can
collect my growing multimedia bibliography in an orderly fashion, and in
established format, MLA or whatever.

An important function I'd like is one with fields which retain the correct
formatting for each entry, i.e. Automatically generating apostrophes around
certain kinds of titles, or making them italic or underlined, etc. Doing
that kind of formatting is the most tedious part of the job, so a record
which only exports as plain text, for example, wouldn't be much help because
I want to be able to then paste references into footnotes and also generate
or paste the whole list into a Word doc when I need to - and keep the
formatting at the same time. A tall order! But I always end up with
references all over the place and this time I want to start off on the right
foot. 

I started creating this in Excel but realised it would be sensible to find
out whether someone has already done it first - does anyone have any ideas?

oh, and I am Mac-based :)

Thanks
Sue

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