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Reference management software, also known as citation management software, allows you to:
Some also have additional features such as:
Get started with Zotero
A free tool to collect, manage, cite, and share sources.
Learn more with the Zotero Quick Start Guide.
Get started with Mendeley
This free reference manager helps you organize sources, collaborate with others, and discover the latest research. Software must be installed on a personal computer.
Mendeley help guides
Get started with EndNote basic
UA staff, students, and faculty are eligible for a free EndNote basic account through Web of Science database
You can also purchase EndNote desktop software from the UA Bookstores (discounted price for UA community).
Learn more at EndNote basic help
This information refers to New RefWorks - click here for further information.
Large number of citation styles
Bodleian Libraries subscription provides free access for University members including alumni
Access your library from any computer with an internet connection
Supports MS Word and Google Docs
Copes well with a very large library
Journal abbreviation recognition
Word Processor plug in compatible with MS Word, Apache OpenOffice and Pages
Useful tools for creating references from websites
Extend functionality using plug-ins.
Collaborative pdf annotation / notes
Mendeley papers catalogue
Import references from PDF, RIS, BibTex or other reference management software
Web and desktop interface
Large number of citation styles
Very limited offline access
Not compatible with Libre/Open Office
Not compatible with Linux
Need to purchase the software
Word processor plug-in not compatible with Linux
Limited citation styles and storage
Syncing of desktop application to web account NOT automatic
Limited free storage space (2 GB)
Limited free personal storage space (2 GB) and maximum of 5000 references
Basic citation tool which does not support adding page numbers to in-text citations
Free via university subscription (including alumni)
Version x8 available to buy through IT Services for your personal PC or mac
iPad App available on iTunes store.
Free via university subscription
Web browser extension, desktop and mobile app.
Web, desktop and mobile app.
Costs €59/€34 (student discount) Mobile app available for free on iTunes store
30 day free trial available
Word processor compatibility
Captures from pdf documents and webpages?
Yes (webpages require download of plug in)
Yes ('Capture Reference' tool)
To install it, open EndNote online, go to 'Download' and click on 'Capture Reference')
Yes - Can import from folder of pdfs
Yes (browser plugin)
Captures webpage snapshots?
Citation / bibliography styles
Click here for list
New styles can also be created.
Search a list of available styles
Sharing / collaboration
Share references with groups
Share references and notes with groups
Academic social network
Papers Online - Shared Collections
Collaborate with peers
Courtesy of Oxford LibGuides