You have many options when it comes to selecting a program to manage your citations; view the columns below and the tabs above for more information on specific citation managers.
All citation management programs let you:
For tips on styles and manuscript submission, see the Citation Styles/Submitting Manuscripts/Writing guide
EndNote is a client-based program, which means the software resides on your computer and is not accessible via the Internet (but you can sync with the web-based version). The most up to date tips and help are on EndNote's website. EndNote features include:
EndNote Support, and the EndNote Guide (v.X9 | v.20) are the best places to start when you are learning EndNote or have problems.
For a comparison of the differences among the current EndNote version and earlier versions, see their comparison chart.
EndNote Basic, a free web-based version, limits the number of citations you can store, has a limited number of citation styles, and a limited number databases that it's compatible with. Purchasers of EndNote Desktop also get access to the full EndNote Online.
EndNote Training Calendar, from EndNote.com.
RefWorks is cloud-based and allows for easy collaboration. Access to RefWorks is provided by the UCB Library to UCB students, staff, and faculty. Once you are registered, log in at any computer with Internet access. The most up to date tips and help are on RefWorks website.
Need more help? See the RefWorks help guide. (or the Legacy RefWorks help guide).
Zotero, an open source (free) program, may be used in conjunction with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. The most up to date tips and help are on Zotero's website. Zotero features include:
Need more help? See a Zotero guide and the Zotero support site.
The Library occasionally offers Zotero Workshops!
See also this self-paced online tutorial, which includes several very brief Zotero how-to videos: Download; Connector; Importing PDFs; Word; Google Docs; and more (also available on YouTube)
Overleaf is a free online collaborative LaTeX editor with integrated real-time preview. It offers hundreds of templates for arXiv, journal publishers, presentations, exams, dissertations, and more. The Library licenses Overleaf for Institutions to provide access to premium features for faculty, students, and staff. Sign up with or add your Berkeley email address to get access to these features:
Non-UC Berkeley users can also sign up for a free Overleaf account that includes unlimited private projects, up to 1 collaborator, and direct submission to selected publishers.
Overleaf offers extensive documentation for learning about both LaTeX and Overleaf. It also hosts templates customized for UC Berkeley thesis, presentations, and more.
The Library also provides basic training on writing in LaTeX through our LaTeX in Engineering & Physical Sciences guide and VOLT tutorials.
Mendeley is a free citation manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop, and mobile versions. Works with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and BibTeX. The most up to date tips and help are on Mendeley's website.
Mendeley Overview: the basics of downloading and using Mendeley. And for more help, see their help guides.
Also see a Mendeley guide.
The tools listed above are the most popular at UC Berkeley, but there are several others available.
Other citation management tools at use by your UCB colleagues are using include: Sciwheel (formerly F1000 Workspace), Qiqqa, Paperpile, Citationsy, and ReadCube Papers. Google Docs also has a (very limited) citation tool.
Use the open source AnyStyle to parses your bibliographies or lists of references regardless of citation style and and turns them into structured, bibliographic data. This is useful if you have a list of references (eg, in a Word document) and wish to import them to citation management software.