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Plant and Microbial Biology: Write + Cite

A guide to research resources in Plant and Microbial Biology.

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


The Library 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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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.