Research is Tough, Make it Easier With Papers

Research is Tough, Make it Easier With Papers

Campbell Faulkner
Jan 12, 2011

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Product: Papers
Price: $42.00 (40% Student Discount)
Rating: Strong Recommend

As a recent graduate in a field that is very heavily research oriented, we constantly found ourselves drowning in a sea of articles. Not just one, two or three articles, but stacks of 50 that we meticulously printed and hauled around even if we only read or referenced them once. About two years ago, we discovered Papers by Mekentosj, and it revolutionized the way we approached consuming articles. Even better, it sped up the process of reading articles and building citations.

Working with peer reviewed articles is a pain. If you do any type of work ranging from academia to research oriented then a software program like Papers is a must have. Not only does it ease the transition to a paperless office, it also enables you to seamless search article repositories from within the app. What makes the app really shine is the simple ability to import the articles with all of the requisite reference information required. That makes it extremely easy to then export a bibliography into a number of formats for quick and easy citing in whatever program you choose to write a manuscript. It even has very sophisticated search functionality so anyone can find what they are looking for in a particular article.

What highlights Papers is not only the sophisticated nature of the software, but the ease of use. It also allows you to organizing articles into easy to find groups. That makes it a breeze to switch between articles for uses on different projects or based on particular subjects. Even with a repository approaching 1000 articles, the software keeps chugging along. Even more refreshing, it is extremely stable and does not crash which is quite important if you trust Papers with your thesis or dissertation.

Reading articles within Papers is also quite handy. It has a reading pane below a list of articles and has a handy full page reading view if you need to block everything else out. Even better, Papers can sync with its iOS counterparts which we will detail in another review shortly.

One off the book features we have used and love is that Papers can be synced between multiple computers by using Dropbox. That way we have our laptop and desktop both in sync so we always know that we have the latest and greatest in reading material no matter where our office happens to be.

Papers is not without flaws. First, it is Mac only locking out a large number of Windows users who could benefit from the software. Second, the article search really only works if you are on a university or business network that subscribes to repositories like JSTOR. We overcome this using VPN software, but that is a technical challenge not all users are up for.

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