Reference Management Tools


Reference Management Tools

 

Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations (references). Read more...
You can find a comparison of reference management software on Wikipedia.

Two free and notable examples are Zotero and Mendeley.

Zotero is free, open source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDFs). Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with several word processors. Read more...
Zotero offers screencast tutorials on its website to demonstrate the basic functions.

Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.
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Mendeley offers several video tutorials on its website.

Tools that feature both reference management as well as information and knowledge management are Evernote and Docear.

Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms, and also offers online synchronization and backup services. Read more...

Docear is what the developers call an “academic literature suite”. Comparable to Microsoft Office, which bundles several applications for office workers, Docear bundles several applications for academics. As of now, these applications are BibTeX based reference management, mind mapping, and some pdf management capabilities. Docear has two key features, other tools don't offer.
First, Docear lets you import PDF annotations (bookmarks, comments and highlighted text). If more information is required than the bookmark or comment itself provides, Docear can open the PDF on the page the bookmarks points to. Second, all information is structured in a mind map. Read more...

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