Thursday, November 15, 2007

Trying to get rid of old "coursepacks"

I don't know about any of you, but I'm drowning in paper. Well, not really drowning, but we have a lot of it taking up space. So I've decided to take the course outlines that are at the front of these coursepacks from when my wife and I did our Master's (by the way, a coursepack is simply a collection of photocopies of articles and book chapters that are purchased in lieu of a textbook) and take that citation information and get rid of the rest. Any articles that I can find online I've downloaded so that I can keep some record in the off chance that I might need these articles without going to a library.

So I generally download pdfs of the articles and then link them to records using an open source document manager called bibdesk. It's supposed to be used with TeX editors, but I don't use TeX (I tried it but it's a bit confusing). Besides that, it's searchable and you can open the pdf file directly from that application.

Any other solutions?

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