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Citation Management

Citation Management

Citation Management Software

Citation management software, also known as reference management software or personal bibliographic management software, helps you capture and manage bibliographic citations (references).

These citations can then be used with a word processing document to generate correctly formatted bibliographies, such as a list of references in a scholarly manuscript.

Some of these applications are also evolving into document management systems, allowing you to manage and store PDFs and other documents.

EndNote and RefWorks are widely used by UCSF faculty and students. The Library therefore primarily provides training and support for these two applications. However, we provide basic information on others such as Zotero, Mendeley, and Papers.

Find detailed information on these applications in the UCSF Library’s online guide to EndNote, RefWorks and Related Software.

RefWorks or EndNote: Which Software is Right for Me?

The most significant differences between RefWorks and EndNote are that RefWorks is totally web-based, easy to learn, and free to the UCSF community. EndNote must be purchased and loaded onto a computer, but has more features, is more customizable, and has more options for managing documents such as PDFs.

UCSF affiliates also have limited access to EndNote Web, a stripped-down, web-based version of EndNote.

View a chart comparing RefWorks with EndNote.