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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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