Ten things you should know about the eLearning in Leicester CiteULike group
1. eLearning in Leicester (http://www.citeulike.org/group/10688) is a CiteULike group for staff in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester to share references relevant to the development of learning and teaching. To join this group, please create a free CiteULike account if you do not already have one. More info: http://www.citeulike.org/howto.
2. What is CiteULike?
CiteULike (www.citeulike.org) is a free online reference manager. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library (using the free bookmarklet - you can install this on any browser including IE on CFS if you wish). With certain sources, e.g. PubMed, CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. In other cases you need to enter the details manually.
3. The power of CiteULike lies in the tags which are added to references. Make sure you add as many relevant tags as possible whenever you add a reference. Every page in CiteULike (libraries, users, tags, etc) has its own RSS feed, which is very useful for notifications.
4. You can import and export references to and from RefWorks and other reference managers in BibTex format. To prevent SPAM entering the database, the auto-import feature of CiteULike only works on "trusted" sites such as PubMed, etc. RIS and BibTex uploads are treated as "unchecked" - i.e., potential spam. DOIs are parsed automatically and checked if possible. This means that there are two "categories of articles in CiteULike: "checked" and "unchecked". "Checked" articles offer more features than "unchecked", so when adding to CiteULike, the way to go is: a. Auto-import; b. If this fails, DOI; c. If this fails (because what you want to cite doesn't have a DOI) use RIS or BibTeX (but these citations will be second-class citizens in some respects).
5. You can upload PDFs of articles to your library. These are not available to other users but you can access them when you are off campus (alternative to EZProxy)
6. CiteULike usernames are case sensitive, e.g. http://www.citeulike.org/user/AJCann vs http://www.citeulike.org/user/ajcann
7. What's the difference between CiteULike and delicious? You can post almost anything you like to CiteULike, but it is designed to work with academic papers, so if you want just an online bookmark manager, you might be better off using another service like delicious.
8. Why do we need the eLearning in Leicester group? You can use CiteULike for personal purposes, but the eLearning in Leicester group is intended for sharing references relevant to the development of learning and teaching in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester. When you join the group, you can access everything which has been added, and follow new additions via the RSS feed: http://www.citeulike.org/rss/group/10688. Most areas of CiteULike have RSS feeds, which is an easy way of staying up to date with a library, user, group, etc.
9. Connections: Connections allow you to exchange messages with other CiteULike users, and to view a summary of the recent activity of these users. If you find a user who you would like to make contact with, visit that user's profile page (http://www.citeulike.org/profile/username) and ask to be a connection. Once the user has accepted your connection request, you can send messages to each other. Your connections list is private to you and your connections: you can only see another user's connections if you are yourself a connection of that user.
10. Flagging Items: You can use the Connections feature to send messages, but an easier way to flag items for other users attention is by tagging them "forusername" e.g. forjobadge. This also gives the user an RSS feed they can watch for notifications, e.g: http://www.citeulike.org/rss/tag/forjobadge