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Development Practice: Cite & Write

Resources for students in UC Berkeley's Master of Development Practice program

Citing Your Sources

Reference managers (also called citation managers or bibliographic management software) offer a way to save, organize and manage references. They work with word processing software to format in-text citations and bibliographies for papers and theses, allow you to share references, and enable you to attach or link PDFs to a citation record.

Zotero (recommended)

  • Zotero guide; learn how to use Zotero with this self-paced Zotero tutorial
  • Free (up to 300 MB web storage, or store pdfs in Box and sync with ZotFile)
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word, OpenOffice, and Google Docs; integrates with Overleaf
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Search and annotate pdfs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
  • Install plugins to provide enhancements, new features, and integrations with other programs.


  • Mendeley guide
  • Free software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux
  • Format bibliographies in Word, export to BibTeX, or use Overleaf for LaTeX integration
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Search and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references using Private Groups


  • EndNote guide
  • Full-featured software discounted to UC Berkeley users; EndNote Online free to UCB
  • Desktop-based software (plus EndNote Web)
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Find the full text of articles from within EndNote
  • Share lists of references with other EndNote users

Science Writing

The Library has many books on scientific writing, the research process, and communicating science. Please ask if you would like help finding them!

Open Access Publishing Support

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Research Data Management Support

conceptual model of research data management at berkeley


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