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Organize a Book Collection

Published 07/02/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

BibSoup is an app that people can use to create and share bibliographies. Say, for example, one has done extensive research on a certain subject. They can list all of the cited sources that they have used on such topic onto their BibSoup. This makes organizing past bibliographies- and hours of research efforts- simple and effective. It is also helpful for others in the BibSoup community since they can look at those records to uncover new sources for information. Perhaps they never knew about a certain journal or article- BibSoup opens up the world to collections of research content. Additionally, any of the articles are available to be viewed and read right from the application, so this is also a great place for researcher to go if they do not have access to their own journal collection through their university or organization. BibSoup supports the following file formats: BIBTEX, JSON, CSV and RIS. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

BibSoup is apart of the Open Knowledge Foundattiod and it originated in 2012. The organization is based out of the UK but has members worldwide who unite to help bring information of all kinds to the public. People have used BibSoup to organize their publication lists, reading lists, list software developed or used, list datasets developed or use or to catalog the books that one possessed.

What are the differences to other apps?

BibSoup aims to be unique in that its focus was to "improve the BobJSON facility for wider use determine how [to] get more small groups and individuals involved" and to realize the global benefits that this app can offer. Therefore, its intent isn't to just be a cataloging service, however people could certainly use it as such. It is a great aid for anyone in academia!

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

BibSoup is a simple app, its motif black and white. The search mechanism is pretty powerful allowing users to filter by very specific criteria. The FAQ section is a bit crowded and doesn't load very nicely in Google Chrome, with the videos and links overlapping. However, the app is in its beta stage and is growing and improving all the time.

How does the registration process work?

Registering for BibSoup is necessary so that collections can be allocated to a particular member. The app requests that users provide their: username, email address, password and a short description of themselves.

What does it cost to use the application?

BibSoup is a free application for anyone to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

BibSoup could be useful for educators and students and researchers. Pretty much anyone in academia where research projects are apart of their daily repertoire- this could be a helpful app. Additionally, programmers, authors of texts or avid readers could also use the app to organize their collections or the works they've developed. Anything with an ISBN number can be collected.

  • Search all records to locate information about a person
  • Filter search results by collection, type, journal, author or year
  • Search collections for pre-compiled bibliographies
  • Great aid for students and researchers

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