You have many options when it comes to selecting a program to manage your citations; view the columns below and the tabs above for more information on specific citation managers. All citation management programs let you:
Add citations from databases like PubMed, Web of Science, etc.
Organize your citations into folders or groups
Add PDF files of articles to the references
Format citations in Microsoft Word (and other document programs) to create bibliographies in any of 1000s of styles
Share all or part of your database, with various degrees of permissions
Comparison of reference management software (Wikipedia): Comparisons of over 20 desktop-based and web-based tools. Includes information on integration with word processors, supported platforms, import/export capabilities, citation styles, and more.
EndNoteis a client-based program, which means the software resides on your computer and is not accessible via the Internet. EndNote features include:
The most comprehensive array of citation output styles
Client software installed on your computer (can sync with a limited web-based version)
Linking EndNote records to PDFs and other types of documents saved on your hard drive
Can add figures and tables to your EndNote library
Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of the article from within EndNote
EndNote software must be purchased and installed onto your computer
RefWorks is cloud-based and allows for easy collaboration. Access to RefWorks is provided by the UCB Library to UCB students, staff, and faculty. Once you are registered, log in at any computer with Internet access.
New users should sign up for a New RefWorks account. This version works with Google Docs (in addition to Word)
Zotero, an open source (free) program, may be used in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Zotero 5.0, just released July 2017, includes substantial changes. Documentation is in the process of being updated. Zotero features include:
Your Zotero library is save locally so if you want to use multiple computers you must set up the Zotero Sync Server and File Syncing on each computer you use to collect citations using Zotero.
An Internet connection is not necessary to work with your Zotero library.
Automatically capture citation information from web pages
Capture citation data PDFs to create a database record in Zotero
Store PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages for easy retrieval
Works with LibreOffice (in addition to Word)
Zotero has fewer citation output formats compared to RefWorks or EndNote
Mendeley is a free citation manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop, and mobile versions. Works with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and BibTeX.
Introduces social networking tools to collaborate with fellow researchers, including sharing lists of references and collaborative tagging of documents
Add PDFs to your citation library
Search within the text of all of your PDFs
Sync your library across multiple devices
UC Berkeley Mendeley users have access to Mendeley Institutional Edition if they have associated their berkeley.edu email addresses with their accounts and joined the official UCB Mendeley group. This gives UC Berkeley users 100GB personal library space, 100GB shared library space, 100 collaborators in private groups, and unlimited private groups