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Web Reference Database

refbase is a Web-based bibliographic manager that can import and export references in various formats (including BibTeX, Endnote, ISI, RIS, PubMed, MODS XML, OpenOffice, and Word 2007 XML). It can make formatted lists of citations in HTML, RTF, PDF, or LaTeX, and offers powerful searching and RSS support. Its OpenSearch and SRU/W services and support for unAPI and COinS metadata allow for easy access by clients and search engines.

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  •  20 Nov 2008 18:19

    Release Notes: This release sports a refined interface, offers a query history and search suggestions, and supports more record types as well as searching for duplicates. It can now import from SciFinder and Endnote XML as well as from ArXiv ID or DOI. It also supports additional export formats (ADS, Atom, ISI, OAI_DC XML, and Word XML) and citation styles (AMA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Vancouver), and allows you to dynamically include results into foreign Web pages. Support for the OpenSearch protocol allows users of OpenSearch-enabled browsers to search refbase directly from their browser's toolbar.

    •  27 Oct 2006 06:28

      Release Notes: This release offers major function enhancements and bugfixes. Batch import from various bibliographic formats (including BibTeX, Endnote, RIS, ISI, and MODS XML) is now supported, as is import from a PubMed ID. An OpenDocument spreadsheet for use with can be exported, and formatted citation lists can be generated as HTML, RTF, PDF, or LaTeX. An SRU/W service and support for unAPI, OpenURL, and COinS metadata have been added. These allow the data to be used by the next generation of bibliographic clients. A new command line client is also included.

      •  05 Apr 2005 22:37

        Release Notes: New features include: exporting records to MODS XML, Endnote, RIS, and Bibtex; saving and recalling search queries; adding records to user-specific groups; RSS support; a print view; Unicode support; user-specific permissions; and an Endnote style file and PHP script to ease the manual batch import of bibliographic records.

        •  30 May 2004 07:04

          Release Notes: This release features six user specific fields that are stored individually for each user, support for rich text (including italics, super and subscript, and Greek symbols) , a direct download link to any file associated with a particular record, support for email announcement capabilities, and the ability to upload a file and associate it with a particular record entry


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