CiteULike Tutorial

Or at least, but not limited to, “collaboratively building LaRA's list of publications”.

CiteULike is a collaborative bibliograhpy system. Every user can create bibliography entries in the system or copy them from other users' library in order to constitute their own. This bibliography can then be exported to various useful formats for use in other bibliography maintenance systems, including BibTeX. In order to collaboratively maintain a (hopefully comprehensive) list of LaRA's scientific output, we propose LaRA authors use CiteULike to create entries for their publications, and submit them to the LaRA group. The following is a quick startup guide for CiteULike with this primary goal in mind, but gives enough details to allow the use of CiteULike as one's main bibliography system.

The following document is based on screenshots. CiteULike is a dynamic progress, thus the interface may have changed a bit since the time these shots were taken. The main concepts, however, should not have changed and the interface elements should be locatted roughly at the same place. The thumbnails of these screenshots are links to the full size version of the images.

Creating an Account

When connecting to CiteULike for the first time, a generic index page is displayed, offering the possibility to log in or to create a new account (step 1 in the following figure). CiteULike welcome page

A classical account creation form is then presented. Filling it in is trivial (1), but the reCAPTCHA (2) must not be forgotten beofre signing up (3). Account creation in CiteULike

Logging in

Once the account created, it is possible to use the credentials (1) to login (2). Logging into the newly-created CiteULike

The user gets redirected to the main collaborative library. The user's own library is accessible clicking on the username at the top of the page (1), which will be empty at first. CiteULike main library

Accessing the LaRA Group

From the MyCiteULike menu (1), one can access the list of groups (2). Accessing the list of groups.

A new user is not initially member of any group. The next screen then displays an empty list, but allows to search (1) for groups to join (or browse) by name. On the way to finding a group

A simple entry box (1) allow to fill in the name of the group to search (2)). Searching for the LaRA group

Hopefully, there is only one group by that name. The user can see the publications already filled in, and use the group-specific menu (1) to access the information of the group (2).  Getting information about the LaRA group

From the information page, it's possible to join (1) the group, which will facilitate later addition of publication entries in this group.

Importing a New Publication

The option to import a new publication is available in the MyCiteULike (1) menu under the name “Post manually” (2). It is also possible to use “Post URL” for some publisher's repositories (such as IEEE Xplore, the ACM portal and others) to get some metadata pre-filled in. Accessing the publication posting form

As an example, the creation of an entry for this very tutorial is presented. The first step is to select the type of document this is (1). This will condition the mandatory metadata (e.g. 2, 3). A superset of the default BibTeX classes are available. The BibTeX key is also a good idea to fill in (4) before validating with one of the “Post Article” buttons.

Entering metadata Selecting the type of document

Now that the publication entry has been created in the system, it is possible to add more classification information to it. Tags (1) are particularly useful for document retrieval. They are a plain text list of keywords. In the case of a LaRA publication it is highly recommended to tag the article with at least lara and the lab name (e.g. 'caor, imara or livic''). This is also the page where the entry can be published to the LaRA group (2). It also features the possibility to identify the willingness to read the document, if not already done (3). Once again, these parameters are validated with the “Post Article” button. Tagging the entry and publishing it into the LaRA group

The system then displays the summary page for the newly-created entry. It is possible to specify if the user is an author of the publication (1). The entry for the publication is now created

Using the CiteULike Library

Back to the user's library, it is possible to do various things like exporting it (or a subset of it) to various formats (1) or to filter the entries using their tags (2). The user's CiteULike library

Importing from Another System (BibTeX)

CiteULike is fully interopetable with other reference management systems. Thus, in addition to exporting to these systems, it can also import entries from them still from the MyCiteULike menu (1), with the “Import” option (2). Accessing the importation form

The entries in the foreign format can either be imported by file (1a) or copy and pasted (1b). A set of tags can be attached to all the imported entries (2) before comfirming the import (3). Importing BibTeX files

 
documentation/citeulike.txt · Last modified: 2009/11/18 15:23 by Olivier Mehani
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