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Andy Hickner <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 4 Dec 2022 16:32:25 +0000
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I strongly discourage anyone from licensing Sciwheel. It had 2 separate incidents this week where everyone's references vanished for hours. In the first episode, Sciwheel did not communicate anything to users for the first couple of hours, there was no email communication from Sciwheel for either incident, and I and my fellow librarians were stuck for hours telling our users we had no information to share with them, had no clue what was going on or when they would access to their references again. It is simply not a reliable service and therefore we can't recommend it to users anymore. Stick with Zotero.

Andy Hickner, MSI
Education and Outreach Librarian
Weill Cornell Medicine
Samuel J. Wood Library & C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center
1300 York Avenue, Room C-115D
New York, NY 10065-4896
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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Rob Penfold
Sent: Friday, December 2, 2022 7:18 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Zotero vs. Mendeley vs. Endnote for student/resident research projects

Sciwheel could be worth looking at also

Has a free tier, cloud based, browser extension for easily capturing citations and useful PDF annotations
Sciwheel: Discover | Organize | Collaborate - Reference and citation management software< > I'm using Sciwheel to manage references and easily cite as I write.

Not a free one but Paperpile is interesting to explore as so easy to use (I find) - you can try it free for a month
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Paperpile: Modern reference and PDF management - Paperpile< > Paperpile authenticates securely with your Google Account. Our servers never access your password or store it anywhere.. It also connects to your Google Drive, but cannot access your personal data - only files you upload via Paperpile.

Regards, Rob

Dear colleagues,

Do any of you have a recommendation for the best no-cost software to use for keeping track of papers for medical student/resident research projects?

We are not part of a university, so we don't have any campus-wide subscriptions.

I'd be interested to know whether your IT departments block any of them and, if folks are using the free/basic versions, how they get around the storage limits.

(I am familiar with the 2018 JMLA article on this topic and am looking at papers which have cited that one. Just looking for some more informal feedback on the topic.)

Thanks & Happy Friday!

Laura Dixon, BA, MLS
Medical Librarian
Mohawk Valley Health System

Email is the best way to reach me, since I work in three different locations.
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