Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
EndNote v.4, CD-ROM or download available, requires Windows 2000/98/95/NT4, 486 processor, 16 MB of RAM, 11 MB free space, or PowerPC Macintosh, System 7.5.5, 5 MB RAM, with illus, $209.95, students $99.95, Berkeley, Calif, ISI ResearchSoft, http://www.endnote.com, 2000.
Reference Manager 9.0, CD-ROM or download available, for Windows 95/98/NT, Pentium, 16 MB RAM, 10 MB hard disk space, Internet connection, $229.95, $1395.95 five-user network license pack, Berkeley, Calif, ISI ResearchSoft, http://www.refman.com, 2000.
ProCite 5.0, one CD-ROM or download, for Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Pentium, 16 MB RAM, 30 MB disk space or PowerPC, OS 7.5, 16 MB RAM, 30 MB disk space, $229.95, Berkeley, Calif, ResearchSoft, http://www.procite.com, 1999.
In the last 5 years bibliographic software programs have evolved gradually from being shepherds to shepherds and retrievers both. They are not only library managers but also effective seekers of publications from the Web universe.
The health care field will find these integrated capabilities very valuable. Of those available, EndNote, a venerable bibliographic manager, recently has come out with a new version. The Journal has already reviewed two previous editions of EndNote (JAMA 1998;279:2008-2009, JAMA 1996;275:1609-1610) and recently ProCite 5.0 (JAMA 2000;283:2851-2852). Therefore, instead of another product-specific review, I will provide an overview of bibliographic managers, with brief comments on EndNote 4.0, ProCite 5.0, and Reference Manager 9.0. All three are products of ResearchSoft (http://www.isiresearchsoft.com) a subsidiary of Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).
Reference ManagersEndNote v.4 Reference Manager 9.0 ProCite 5.0. JAMA. 2000;284(12):1581-1583. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1581-JBK0927-6-1