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Master of Engineering: Managing references

Citation management tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up. 
    RefWorks guide
  2. Mendeley - Free web-based reference manager & can be used as a social network to organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover current developments.
    Mendeley guide
  3. EndNote: may be purchased and downloaded online with proof of student status. Supports many citations styles in science and engineering.
    EndNote guide
  4. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.
    Zotero guide

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Contact Lisa Ngo if your group would like to schedule a demonstration of these tools and an overview of how they can help your literature reviews.

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