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Best Reference Management Software

Reference management software aids students, research-oriented professionals, and anyone else sourcing others’ material with citing accurately and efficiently. These tools can be for one-time use, where users submit information and receive a full citation, or can act as a secure source repository for long-term projects. Reference management software can serve for more than academic purposes; business presentations or reports can all benefit from being adequately cited. The tool can connect large teams through cloud servers, providing full companies access to trusted resources and articles. Often, reference management tools can integrate with file storage and sharing or document creation tools, or with part of an internet browser. This allows users to save resources as they’re found in the moment instead of struggling to locate them later on. Common features of reference management software include advanced searching, reference libraries, and version history.

To qualify for inclusion in the Reference Management category, a product must:

  • Provide multiple options for citation format
  • Generate citations for various material such as books, websites, journals, etc.
  • Provide features that organize research and source information
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    Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online.

    EasyBib.com provides citation, note-taking and research tools. EasyBib offers free and premium services for individuals and institutions.

    Find, use and share research with EndNote. It's for more than bibliographies. Sync your EndNote library across your desktop, iPad and online. Work on your research from anywhere.

    RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool that is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

    Cite4me.org is a free research and reference tool designed to help users cite sources, check content for plagiarism, format and keep papers in one place.

    Reference Manager is the powerful bibliographic solution for workgroups, networks and collaborative projects. Search online databases, organize references easily, and watch your bibliography appear as you write.

    No-fuss reference management for the web. Sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your papers in Google Docs.

    JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.

    Capture Anywhere, Use It Everywhere- Sorc’d provides the most efficient and effective way to save, share and apply snippets of relevant content, creating smarter, more productive teams, flourishing thought leaders, and individuals who discover something new every day. Sorc’d empowers content creators to build stronger content, faster through a cloud-powered knowledge database of digestible snippets of relevant content, substantially decreasing research time and giving users more time to focus on what matters. Sorc’d seamlessly integrates with numerous content creation systems, such as Microsoft Office ( Word, Powerpoint, Excel, & Outlook) and Google Docs/Sheets.

    Citavi is a software program that helps you organize your research projects and manage your time. Keep track of all the sources you read and their contents. Analyze PDF articles with annotation tools, and save ideas for future projects. Create outlines for drafts and write reports, articles, or books – faster and more efficiently than you ever thought possible. Citavi is the only academic productivity tool this comprehensive and the only program that supports the entire research process. Try Citavi today at www.citavi.com

    The revolutionary Microsoft Word integration displays your references and notes inside Word. Cite references by drag-and-drop and see the results instantly.

    Citationsy is a reference tool to create citations, reference lists, and bibliographies.

    citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references

    BibSonomy helps you to manage your publications and bookmarks, to collaborate with your colleagues and to find new interesting material for your research.

    A software built to discover, read, annotate, write and share scientific research.

    We are on a mission to make the world of research more accessible and connected - serving researchers, publishers, academic and commercial organizations. Papers offers a robust cross-platform suite of reference management & discovery tools that can dramatically improve the way researchers find, access, organize, read, annotate, share, and cite research literature. Search & Download * Built-in search engines * Personalized recommendations * Related article feeds * Institutional proxy support * Web importing via browser * 1-click PDF downloads * Advanced search filters Stay Organized * Easy importing tools from your desktop/other reference managers * Auto article metadata matching * Full text library search * Advanced sorted & filtering * Manual & smart collections * #keyword tagging, labels & article ratings Read & Annotate * Enhanced PDF viewing * Hyperlinked inline references, high-res figure browsers & auto-fetched supplements * Advanced article metrics (incl. citations, field & relative citation ratio, and Altmetric) * Inline and sticky notes, highlighting and drawing tools * Text to speech tool Share & Collaborate * Up to 5 private shared collections (PDFs/references) * Collaborate with up to 25 Papers user per collection * Share references, PDFs, notes, tags and PDF annotations * Article discussion group Cite Faster * Insert references from personal / shared libraries or use built-in search engine. * 8000+ citation styles supported. Customize & import your own * Quick-copy of citations in bibtex, ris * Export reference list for use in third party citation tools like EndNote and Overleaf * Supports Word 2016+ Sync Across Devices * Unlimited cloud storage for your personal library * Sync your entire library including notes, lists, annotations, and highlights across all of your devices * Supports Desktop (Mac/PC), mobile (iOS/Android) and Web.

    refbase can import and export references in various formats (including BibTeX, Endnote, RIS, PubMed, ISI Web of Science, CSA Illumina, RefWorks, MODS XML, OpenOffice, and MS Word). It can make formatted lists of citations in HTML, RTF, PDF, or LaTeX, and offers powerful searching, and RSS support.

    Aigaion is a php/mysql based multi-user system for managing annotated bibliographies. It allows the user(s) to order publications in a self-chosen (overlapping) topic structure, offers BibTex and RIS import and export and has an intuitive user interface.

    Use BibDesk to edit and manage your bibliography. It will keep track of both the bibliographic information and the associated files or web links for you.

    Bookends is a full-featured and cost-effective bibliography, reference, and information management system for students and professionals.

    Docear ("dog-ear") is an academic literature suite integrating everything you need to search, organize and create academic literature into a single application.

    Automatically create bibliographies, references, and citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 8000 more styles with a totally free and no-ads citation

    Qiqqa's powerful research and knowledge management tools let you search for, record, share, and instantly recall the important information from thousands of your documents with ease.

    RefDB is a reference database and bibliography tool for SGML, XML, and LaTeX/BibTeX documents.

    Referencer is a GNOME application to organize documents or references, and ultimately generate a BibTeX bibliography file.

    By using SciRef you can automatically download pdf-files from the supported services, link local files to citation record in SciRef, export pdf files from local storage to external drives or folders, automatically import RIS files with related pdfs, view pdf directly in SciRef window.

    Sente is a full-featured reference manager for Macs, iPads and iPhones. It helps you build, organize and use very large research libraries so you will always be in control of your research literature.

    WIKINDX is a free Virtual Research Environment (an online bibliographic and quotations/notes management and article authoring system) designed either for single use (on a variety of operating sytems) or multi-user collaborative use across the internet.

    wizdom.ai utilizes desktop, web and mobile technologies synced in real time, the platform allows managing of all aspects of the individual and collaborative research practices.

    This is a useful tool which provides a nice web interface to a list of publications stored in a BibTeX file.

    BibBase.org is an easy way to set up and maintain a scientific publications page.

    Bibus is a bibliographic and reference management software. As with other such tools, Bibus allows one to search, edit, and sort bibliographic records. In addition, Bibus contains features that makes it unique among open source and even commercial bibliographic databases.

    Conference management, abstract submission, and peer-review tool.

    Pybliographer is a tool for managing bibliographic databases.

    RecFind 6 is a fully featured electronic document and records management system with all the functionality any organization will ever need including workflow, imaging, full text searching, portable barcode reader support, offsite storage management, check-in, check-out, versioning, retention and a full power report writer together with a full complement of standard reports.

    WizFolio is an online research collaboration tool for knowledge discovery. With WizFolio you can easily manage and share all types of information in a citation ready format including research papers, patents, documents, books, YouTube videos, web snippets and a lot more.