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Citation management tools and links to compare features and functionality
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Reference Management Software

  • BibTeX
    BibTeX is a reference management tool for manuscripts prepared in LaTeX. Several programs have been developed to import, export and organize references created in LaTeX.
  • CiteULike
    Free web-based reference management and sharing tool.
  • EndNote*
    Client-based reference management tool. Available with group and individual subscriptions.

    *Note: BU does not have a campus license for the client version of this software.

    EndNote Web is available through the search results page for all Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) items.
  • Endnote Web (Web of Science)
    Available for all items in Web of Science (Web of Knowledge). Note: You must create a personal account on Web of Science to save records to Endnote Web.

    General information about Endnote Web is here:
  • Mendeley
    Web-based citation management system with social network functions. Modelled after itunes and Available to all.
  • Refworks  Icon
    Available for all BU faculty, students and staff. Registration is required. Web-based. The groupcode is RWSUNYBinghamton.
  • Zotero
    Browser-based citation management tool available to all.

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