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Bookends Pro the Complete Bibliography Management System

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Bookends Pro the Complete Bibliography Management System

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Westing Software recently released Bookends Pro, a complete bibliography management system for professionals (scientists, historians, graduate students, etc.) who track and cite reference information for research and publication. Designed for the Macintosh, Bookends Pro offers a comprehensive, time-saving system to collect, manage, and format references, citations, and quotes as well as automatically generate bibliographies and footnotes that conform to rigid publication specifications.

As professional users often face a tremendous amount of reference material to manage (journals, books, etc.), Bookends Pro was designed to streamline the entire process from entry to bibliography. To start, users may import reference information from a variety of online database services including Medline, DIALOG, and others (no additional software is required--Bookends Pro automatically translates the downloaded information into proper format), as well as from CD-ROMs and tab delimited text files. Users may also enter directly from the keyboard, taking advantage of several entry enhancement features (e.g., previous entry "peeking" and quick select from journal glossary, keywords, and authors lists).

Bookends Pro includes over 90 predefined formats for generating references and footnotes that conform to strict journal specifications. While these include many major required formats, the user can also customize to his/her own specifications. Once a format is chosen, Bookends Pro offers an intelligent scan and replace feature to automatically scan manuscripts for reference and footnote citations, replacing them with properly abbreviated citations, and generating a fully formatted bibliography in the process. …

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