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MCB 133L: Physiology and Cell Biology Laboratory: Citation managers

Helpful links for the MCB 133L bibliography library exercise.

Citation managers

Citation managers (also called reference 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.

Wikipedia comparison of reference management software

Selected citation managers (there are many more):

  • Zotero guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Zotero documentation [Zotero.org]
  • Free Zotero workshops [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Free desktop program with browser connector; 300 MB storage (can be synced with Google Drive, Berkeley Box or Dropbox for greater storage--see Zotero guide for details)
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Insert citations and automatically format reference lists in Google Docs/bDrive, MS Word and LibreOffice
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Share and collaboratively edit folders of references
  • Mendeley guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Free software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux; 100 GB web storage for UC Berkeley Institutional Group members
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word or OpenOffice
  • Sync PDFs to your web account for online access
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Read and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit folders of references
  • RefWorks guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Free to UC Berkeley users; unlimited storage
  • Web-based: use at any computer with internet access
  • Insert citations and automatically format reference lists in Google Docs/bDrive and MS Word
  • Import citations from RSS feeds
  • Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of articles from within RefWorks
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Read and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit folders of references
  • Papers guide
  • Software/web hybrid for Mac and Windows available by subscription
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word and Pages
  • Automatically import PDFs together with citation
  • Search, highlight and annotate PDFs
  • EndNote guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Discounted to UC Berkeley users [please contact me for details]
  • Desktop-based software (plus EndNote Web)
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word or OpenOffice
  • 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