Hi, I have decided to pursue the path of using LaTex (the document preparation system) instead of MS Word, hopefully the steep learning curve will pay off...
I use Refworks to create the bibliography which is then exported to bibtex:refworks ID. And this is where the problem lies...Refwork has a multitude of options depending on whether it is a web-page, journal or report. However, when this exports to bibtex, unless it is a Journal or report Latex does not recognise the other field and assigns them as misc. and thus does not include data such as URL, date accessed etc.
So, in summary, what do I do to ensure that Refworks exports all the data in the correct format OR how do I ensure that Latex includes all the correct information as entered into Refworks. And the resultant Bibliography is correctly populated.
Also, any thoughts on the use of Latex over MS Work are much appreciated-Is Latex really worth the frustration it sometimes creates?
Any help is much appreciated!
Though I cannot directly advice you on Latex and Refworks but I had similar experience with Latex and Endnote. What I did was to unformat my references in MS Word first. Then I had to play around with regular expressions (using e.g. Notepad++) to search and replace both the citations as well as to ensure the new bibtex files were properly formatted. In short, I guess there is no easy solution (at least not for endnote). You need to manually ensure that the citations are in the right format and exports everything. Later on, I used jabref to edit/correct the bibtex file.
Hope this helps
I'll have a look at this and see how it goes, how have you found using Latex? are you new to this approach or are you relatively familiar with it? I am still in 2 minds as to whether to keep going or return to Word. Anyone else have thoughts/experience of MS Word versus Latex?
I used Latex for my upgrade report earlier this year and found it much better than Word. I had issues with Word during my MSc dissertation and was glad to find an alternative. It does take a bit of perseverence to get the hang of it but the finished document just looks so much nicer. When it comes to referencing I use Mendeley and it is set to export everything to a Bibtex file which seems to put everything in the correct document class automatically and Latex seems to recognise everything as it should be. Mendeley also works with Word so I have a choice. I've never used refworks, maybe you need to tweak the settings for how it exports the info to Bibtex?
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I tried to use latex before but I found inserting tables quite cumbersome - does anyone know if there is a shortcut that I would be able to insert excel tables into latex and would anyone have any good links to a PhD formatted latex thesis? On a funny latex note when I did email my friend who introduced me to latex and put in the subject line "I love latex!!!!!" she automatically thought it was spam :p
There is some really good advice at on this forum. http://www.latex-community.org/ with lots of problems and solutions, it also has a search function so I am sure you will be able to get to where you need. As for images, I think you need to save them as png to replace jpg etc.
You can read about it here. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Importing_Graphics
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