In the field of research we encounter numerous useful articles. This plethora of literature, thus demands a methodical management. While I was struggling to find an efficient way to put all my articles into perspective, I came across ‘Docear’, which is described as a free and open source academic literature suite. After experiencing the simplicity and benefits of using Docear in academic projects, I was pleasantly surprised and equally tempted to write about it.The most appealing features of Docear, includes:
- Simple user-interface
- Ability to help create mind maps and link documents directly
- Seamless integration of PDFs along with their headings and custom annotations
- Powerful search, and
- Reference management (including support with MS word)
- Works with Windows, Mac and Unix. A further detailed list of features can be accessed from their official website.
Additionally, the website is equipped with tutorials and snapshots, which are very straight forward. I find this open-source project promising and I am hoping to receive timely updates for it in future.
Many kudos to the Docear team for developing this truly resourceful software suite.