Skip to main content

Integrative Biology: Save, organize & cite

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.

Wikipedia comparison of reference management software

RefWorks

  • RefWorks guide
  • Free to UC Berkeley users; unlimited storage
  • Web-based: use at any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Google Docs 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
  • Share lists of references or create a group account for co-editing

Zotero

  • Zotero guide
  • Free desktop program with browser connector; 300 MB storage
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word and Apache OpenOffice
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references

Mendeley

  • Mendeley guide
  • Free software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux; 100 GB web storage for UC Berkeley Institutional Group members
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word or Apache OpenOffice
  • 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

EndNote

  • EndNote guide
  • Discounted to UC Berkeley users [please contact me for details]
  • Desktop-based software (plus EndNote Web)
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word or Apache 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
  • See our EndNote Support page for tutorials and additional information

Papers

  • 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

For more help

Elliott Smith's picture
Elliott Smith
Contact:
Bioscience, Natural Resources
& Public Health Library
esmith@library.berkeley.edu
510-643-6482
Copyright © 2014-2019 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Except where otherwise noted, this work is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License.