Cite Your Sources and Manage Your Documents: Reference Management

Reference Managers

Reference managers such as: Endnote, Refworks, Zotero, & Mendeley allow you to download, collect, & share references, PDFs, data, and documents. Some work with word processing to format citations and footnotes in papers and create bibliographies in a variety of styles. This list contains commonly used tools and apps in the sciences.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management software helps you manage your papers, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.

Popular citation management software in the sciences and engineering include:

  • EndNote (Mac, PC) is bibliographic management software that you install on your computer. It offers sophisticated, flexible tools for organizing references & creating bibliographies. EndNote works with word processing software to format citations, and create bibliographies in a comprehensive array of styles. It can be purchased from The Scholar's Workstation or online.
  • RefWorks (Online) is a web-based bibliographic management service licensed by the library for use by current UCB faculty, staff and students. It can be used to organize references, format citations, and create bibliographies. To use RefWorks, create an account using the RefWorks New User form.
  • TeX: is a typesetting language used for scientific document preparation. LaTeX is a program that converts a plain text file into TeX. BibTeX is a tool that can be used with LaTeX to create documents and bibliographies. http://www.latex-project.org. Tools are free to download. The TeX Users Group (TUG) includes an FAQ, links to software. Endnote has a BibTeX output style that will format your citations into TeX.
  • Mendeley is a free web-based reference manager & can be used as a social network to organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover current developments.
  • Papers (Mac) is low-cost software that allows you to search, retrieve, organize, and annotate article PDFs. You can also easily export references into citation management tools like EndNote so that you can use their citation and bibliography formatting features.
  • Zotero is a free Firefox extension that manages citations found online through your browser. You can capture citation information from some web pages and databases, and store citations, PDFs & images for easy retrieval. Zotero can create bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice in a limited number of styles.

Other Tools

Explore other available tools and apps for reference management.

Software for Science Reference Management: a web-list of many bibliographic management programs for the PC or Mac, some are free.

Reference Management Apps at alternativeTo.

Comparison Charts

Not sure which ones will work best for you? These comparison charts might help. 

Citation Manager comparison chart

Document Manager comparison chart

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