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Reference Managers

Multiple free and subscription software applications are available to help you organize your references and create bibliographies for large projects.

For details about additional reference managers, see Wikipedia's Comparison of Reference Management Software.

Features of Mendeley Reference Manager

  • Newest versions of components are Mendeley Reference Manager, Mendeley Web Importer, and Mendeley Cite.
  • 2 GB of web storage included for free
  • Works on Macs or PCs
  • Comes with nearly 7000 citations styles and you can edit styles
  • Provides ability to annotate and store full text documents with their references
  • Mendeley Cite inserts in-text citations and creates dynamic bibliographies as you write
  • Export files are compatible with BibTeX, EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

Sign up for your free account at A comparison of reference managers is available in Wikipedia. Learn how to sign up for an account online, install Mendeley on your desktop, install additional tools, and use the basic functions from Mendeley's collection of online guides

Drawbacks of Mendeley Reference Manager

  • Not entirely online
  • Web Importer does not consistently capture references and full text documents. You will have to import references and download/attach full text documents about 80% of the time or drag and drop downloaded pdfs.
  • Cannot generate standalone bibliographies. You either have to create one while writing a Word document, or copy and paste the references you want from Mendeley desktop into a Word document.

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