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Grad Students Represent: Note Taking / References on OS X

My new MacBook arrived last week. As I am beginning a doctoral program in the fall, I'm interested in knowing what others are using to (1) take notes on the Mac, and (2) start building a reference or bibliography for a dissertation.

For note taking, I have Googled up quite a few, including:

And for references/bibliography building, I have heard about Endnote.

Ultimately whatever I choose I want to be able to stick with for my entire program so I'm not worrying about compatibility issues, etc.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!


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I like the look of...

I like the look of DEVNONthink. From the feature comparison, I can't see a compelling reason to go with the Pro Office version over Pro for the additional $60. I like the idea that I can actually attach PDF files since I've already started to collect quite a library... I can see the scanning and character recognition feature being a bonus, but again -- will I use it enough to justify the $60 when it seems like everything is available electronically these days anyway.

On another note -- anyone have any experience with Mellel? Looks interesting...

I also like the look of Bookends. From what I'm reading, Sente can't do full endnotes and bibliographies in APA format.

Regarding LaTeX, seems like quite a learning curve. Might be worth considering down the road, though. I'll have to talk with my adviser and see what he suggests.




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