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Energy & Resources: Write + Cite

A guide to research resources for the Energy & Resources Group and others researching natural resources, energy, and water.

Citing Your Sources

Citation Managers

Reference managers (also called citation managers or bibliographic management software) offer a way to save, organize and manage references. Many 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 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
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Annotate pdfs, and extract annotations, with ZotFile
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
  • Install plugins to provide enhancements, new features, and integrations with other programs.


  • RefWorks guide; also see the How to Use RefWorks YouTube playlist
  • Free to UC Berkeley users
  • Web-based: use at any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Google Docs
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Search and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references


  • Mendeley guide
  • Free software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux
  • Use from a UCB IP address to join the UCB Group for 100GB storage and other upgrades
  • Format bibliographies in Word or LibreOffice; export to BibTeX or use Overleaf for LaTeX integration
  • Sync PDFs to your web account for online access
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Search and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references using Private Groups
  • Get notified of new and trending papers in your field and network with other researchers


  • EndNote guide
  • Discounted to UC Berkeley users
  • Desktop-based software (plus EndNote Web)
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of articles from within EndNote
  • Share lists of references with other EndNote users

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

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Open Access Publishing Support

Copyright and Your Rights as an Author

Data Visualization

Doing a Systematic Review?

Before you embark on a systematic review, please understand that this could easily be a one year or more project.

UC Berkeley licenses Covidence, a tool to help you with your systematic reviews.
In Covidence, you can import citations, screen titles and abstracts, upload references, screen full text, create forms for critical appraisal, perform risk of bias tables, complete data extraction, and export a PRISMA flowchart summarizing your review process. As an institutional member, our users have priority access to Covidence support.
To access Covidence using the UC Berkeley institutional account, start at this page and follow the instructions.