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Molecular and Cell Biology: Save, organize & cite

How to find articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, protocols, data and citation management tools, and other resources in Molecular and Cell Biology.

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.

Citation managers supported by the UC Berkeley Library:

Zotero logo

  • Zotero guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Zotero documentation []
  • Free Zotero workshops [UC Berkeley Library; offered in the Fall and Spring semesters]
  • 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 logo

  • Mendeley guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Free software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word
  • 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

EndNote logo

  • EndNote guide [UC Berkeley Library]
  • Desktop-based software and online EndNote Web
  • Desktop program requires purchase; EndNote Web is available without cost to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff
  • Format bibliographies in MS Word
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Find the full text of articles from within desktop EndNote
  • Share lists of references with other EndNote users


For additional options: Wikipedia comparison of reference management software

LaTeX and Overleaf

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Elliott Smith
Bioscience, Natural Resources &
Public Health Library