Citation 7.0 Pamela Franklin

 Citation is a bibliographic database system and notes organizer, intended for research writing. Its target audiences are researchers, especially students working on dissertations! Citation appears to be very similar to EndNote. Citation (version 7) can be run directly from word processing software programs. It claims to work with "any word processor, including MS Word, Wordperfect for Windows, and WordPerfect for DOS."

Range of functions:

Citation is a bibliographic database that can generate bibliographies (with abstracts!), generate reference lists for papers (in a variety of standardized formats, that can be changed), keep electronic notes, can be coordinated with an internet search/retrieval program (Bookwhere) to search library systems, download results (add records directly to database in citation)

Features:

The Citation software has a number of different features. First, it enables the researcher to keep and organize research notes that can be downloaded directly into a document. These research notes and the bibliographic database can be searched by authors, key words, or journals, to locate records containing desired terms or names. The bibliographic database allows the researcher to choose from a multitude of predefined reference formats (the webpage brochure claims over 1,000). There is also a custom format editor that allows the researcher to edit the standardized formats available. The software features a "global duplicates" feature that allows the researcher to locate and edit duplicate records. The software enables the user to work on multiple data files simultaneously and has a built-in spell-checker. Finally, it is compatible with and supports citations of Internet resources, such as web pages, documents on FTP sites, and newsgroup items.

The service personnel are accessible and responsive to email questions (info@oberon-res.com).

Requirements:

The Citation software requires Windows 3.1 or higher, 8 mb RAM, and 12 MB free disk space. At the current time, it is only compatible with PCs (not Macs).

Cost:

The Citation software seems reasonably priced. It is available at special discounted rates for graduate students. In "hard form," (printed documents plus disks) it costs $69 (new). The fully downloadable "Web-wise" version is only $49. A software package called "Bookwhere," an internet searching and downloading package is also offered ($69).

A free demo version of the Citation package is available free of charge for 45 days, through their website: http://www.oberon-res.com/

Usefulness or applicability of Citation to ERG researchers.

Virtually all of the features would be useful to an ERG researcher. This type of system makes writing research papers and bibliographies much easier and adaptable. It is possible to import electronic library search results into the Citation database by adding electronic "tags," so that one doesnít have to manually type information from a large reference search into the bibliography. This type of progam is invaluable for keeping intact references, abstracts, electronic research notes, all in a convenient format.

Limitations:

It doesnít appear that one can import existing bibliographies into the Citation database without cutting and pasting into the database format; thus, some manual labor would be involved in transferring existing bibliographies into the database.

Currently, Citation is not compatible with Macs, although a Mac version is due out next year (2000).

Overall evaluation

Citation offers an attractive, functional product -- bibliographic and notes functions -- that are indispensible to graduate students. The program appears to be very user friendly; the tutorial is fairly explicit. It is compatible with just about all PC, Microsoft-based systems, as well as internet resources (such as Lexis/Nexis, etc.). From an economic perspective, the software seems like a very good deal, especially given the price breaks for grad students.

Citation appears to be fairly similar to EndNote, though the company claims that Citationís data entry system is easier to use, and the references are more accurately formatted. The fly in the ointment (for MacIntosh fans) is that it is not currently compatible with Macs; the company suggested that a Mac version will be out next year.