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Flagging entries in BiBDesk Apps
This is a tip about flagging entries in a .bib file using BibDesk.

I wanted to have entries which I printed from my bibliographic data base flagged. That is, being able to know if I already have a hard copy of an article for example.

In BibDesk preferences » Fields I added a boolean field called 'Printed.' Then I created a smart folder which contains all the entries with this flag true.

The non-computerized part is having a physical folder where I store alphabetically all the articles I printed. This way I can easily find papers without re-printing them.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. I admit I had never heard of BibDesk before, so if others have need to manage a bibliography and haven't tried it, here is something new for you, too.]
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Authored by: goatbar on Mar 07, '11 08:00:23AM

JabRef and Zotero are also two other very nice tools for managing references.

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Also useful for noting what you've read
Authored by: chrisfriend on Mar 07, '11 08:42:01AM

I use a similar technique for even my digital copies (which BibDesk auto-files, saving that annoying manual step). I've created a Boolean field for "Read" that I then display in the entry list view, so I can easily see which articles I've worked through. Makes prepping for annotated bibs and the like much, much more straightforward.

A combination of the Attachment tag and the Rating, Read, and IsAnnotated fields can be very powerful in seeing where the most helpful research (in your opinion) is.

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Flagging entries in BiBDesk
Authored by: schutt on Mar 07, '11 10:34:23AM

The prof I was working for likes hardcopies, so thats how I keep track of which ones I've printed. I also have a boolean for papers I have finished looking at, and for the ones I've cited.

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Flagging entries in BiBDesk
Authored by: Quatch on Mar 07, '11 12:14:41PM

I have a similar field, but for articles to which I don't have digital access, so only have in hardcopy.

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Flagging entries in BiBDesk
Authored by: asmeurer on Mar 17, '11 09:14:48PM

BibDesk is the most awesome piece of software when it comes to managing .bib files, which are used in LaTeX documents. It is made by the same people who make Skim, which is not surprisingly the most awesome pdf reader ever.

And if you're not using BibTeX to do bibliographies, I feel very sorry for you.

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