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Citation, or bibliographic, management software can be a useful tool for anyone doing research. Reference managers allow you to:

 

  • Create bibliographies quickly and automatically format in-text citations with word processing software (Word, Google Docs, Open Office).
  • Collect citations as you research, and save them in a personal account.
  • Add citations automatically from UCB Melvyl catalog and databases without having to cut and paste or retype the information.
  • Annotate citations and link them to full-text documents.
  • Organize citations into folders.

While a number of reference manager applications exist, many researchers generally use one of four: RefWorks, Zotero, Endnote, or Mendeley.

Please look at the descriptions below to decide which is best for you.  One thing to keep in mind is that it can be hard to switch from one platform to another.  You can export your citations, but transferring tags or folders will be difficult.


 

Mendeley

 

How it works:

  • Software application available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS devices.  Also available via a web interface.

How to get it:

Strengths:

  • Manages not only citations, but also creates a well-managed library of your imported papers. 
  • Regularly syncs content between machines and with the web version, keeping you always up to date. 
  • Mendeley is the most social of citation managers.  You can form groups to share resources and citations within your lab/study group/cohort. 
  • Integrates with MS Word for easy inserting of citations/bibliographies.

Weaknesses:

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How to get help:

Zotero

 

How it works: 

  • Desktop download and browser plugin.  Citations are saved on your computer and to the Zotero server, and may be synced across devices.

How to get it:

  • Download at https://www.zotero.org/download/.  Options to download "Zotero for Firefox" or "Zotero Standalone" with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser plugins. 

Strengths:

  • Easy to access and use from within Firefox (Zotero for Firefox), or Desktop and either Chrome, Safari or Firefox (Zotero Standalone); importing citations can be accomplished with one click. 
  • Share citations with other users and the public using the Groups feature.
  • Excellent for capturing information about web resources.  Allows you to save and annotate websites.
  • You can save attachments to Zotero’s server or your personal computer.

Weaknesses:

  • Use on more than one computer requires syncing; not designed for use on public or shared computers.  

How to get help:


EndNote

How it works:

  • Software application, available for Windows and Mac OS.  All data is saved to your computer.  Also available in a web-based version called EndNote Web.

How to get it:

Strengths:

  • Allows greater customization of output styles and import filters.
  • Stored data can be accessed without an Internet connection.
  • Some library catalogs and databases can be searched directly from within the EndNote interface.

Weaknesses:

  • Expensive.
  • Hard to switch between multiple computers.
  • Can’t share libraries with other users. 

How to get help:

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