A new frontier

I have been using EndNote for a couple of years now to handle citations in my papers. I have finally hit the wall with the bug and the way that the with every release (which costs another $90-100), the performance degrades. Right now I have a 25-page proposal in Word 2004 for Mac OS X with less than 100 bibliographic references (cited in 24 footnotes and collected in a bibliography at the end) that has bizarre scrolling problems. If I remove the field codes, the document behaves correctly. I always have to remove the field codes at the end anyway in order to change the straight quotes to smart quotes, fix the references EndNote can’t handle, and improve the readability of the footnotes.

Now that I am at a crossroads of sort (proposal hopefully heading towards the approval process, only a portion of one chapter written yet), I am going to try a new citation program. I’m going to start with Sente, but I’m keeping my eye on Bookends, too. If anyone has experience with either of these, let me know.

I’m also going to ponder how to manage the chapters: one giant monolithic document? individual chapter documents? a master document? I tried the latter with my masters thesis and it was a bit of a nightmare. I can’t stand the thought of a 200 or 300 page document so option 1 is out, too. The individual chapter documents will become problematic towards the end when I have to create continuous page numbering. 

Maybe I should think about Pages? Nah. It’s too dangerous to try to many new things at once.

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