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Reference Managers

Use Reference managers (also called citation managers or bibliographic management software) to save, organize and manage references.

Many work with your 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.

See Tutorials & Guides: Endnote and Refworks

Comparison of reference management software [Wikipedia]

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Reference managers include:

RefWorks (Online)

  • Free to UC Berkeley users
  • Web-based: use at any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word
  • Import citations from RSS feeds
  • Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of articles from within RefWorks
  • Share lists of references or create a group account for co-editing
  • See our RefWorks Support page for tutorials and additional information

EndNote

  • Discounted to UC Berkeley users
  • Desktop-based software (plus EndNote Web)
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • 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

Mendeley

  • Free (up to 1 GB web storage) software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • 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
  • See the Mendeley website for more information

Papers

  • Software for Mac or PC
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Share lists of references
  • See the Papers website for more information

Sente (Mac-only)

  • Mac-only software that can sync multiple computers
  • Format bibliographies in Word
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Share lists of references
  • See the Sente website for more information

Zotero

  • Free (up to 1 GB web storage) Firefox extension
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
  • See the Zotero website for more information

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