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  • Updated.jpg 27 June 2014


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Bibliographic citation software refers to tools that help scholars create and manage their lists of references for research projects. Most tools are designed to organize citations into specific formats for the preparation of manuscripts and bibliographies. Managing research output is an integral part of the research process and information management. Freely-accessible search tools like Google scholar provide ways to download references into citation management tools. There are a number of free tools such as Zotero but the more popular tools require buying into an annual subscription.

Available tools

Bibliologo (free)

...a web-based journal article app designed for researchers in bioinformatics, engineering, information management; combines citation management, RSS readers and document ordering

ColWiz (collective wisdom) (free) a research management, collaboration and productivity platform for researchers, academics and students

EndNote ($$) a commercial reference management system used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Developed by Thomson Scientific, the current version is EndNote X6 (16) for Windows or Mac OS X. Here is its official website. French tutorial, Bibliothèques de l'Université de Montréal.

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  • Mendeley - Manage, Share & Discover Research a free service that allows you to index and organize your pdfs, collaborate with fellow researchers and share information via shared and public collections, and discover new papers through the Mendeley research network.

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  • NoodleTools is a set of web-based tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. There is a free version (NoodleTools MLA Lite) and a subscription version. Individual subscriptions support MLA, APA, and Chicago formats. The school subscription version has collaboration features.

Procite ($$) a commercial reference management software sold by the Thomson Corporation. It was very popular as a standalone citation management tool until various web-based versions were created. Here is its official website.

Quosa ($$)

...helps scientists and researchers manage scientific and technical documents. It focuses on literature search tools for both academic and commercial life science professionals and researchers. QUOSA's Information Manager boosts search and management capability and efficiency for individual users. Its Virtual Library is a document repository solution that enhances team sharing and alerting.

RefWorks ($$) a web-based citation manager, and application to manage scholarly references and bibliographies. (See RefWorks at UBC Wiki and this RefWorks Tutorial).
RefWorks 2.0

Subscribers store their RefWorks database online, use and update it from anywhere and share data with others. Universities subscribe to RefWorks on behalf of students and faculty. The software enables linking to electronic editions of journals to which the university libraries hold subscriptions. Linking is accomplished by incorporating an OpenURL resolver. RefWorks is simple to use and researchers use a sharing tool called RefShare. Like other web-based programs, RefWorks lets you gather, store, manage and share references or citations. It also helps to generate bibliographies and formatted papers. References are stored online, and accessible from any web-connected computer.

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  • WizFolio - online research collaboration tool for knowledge discovery; share all types of information including research papers, patents, documents, books, YouTube videos, web snippets

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Canadian context

When many Canadian academic libraries moved to web-based versions of bibliographic management software such as RefWorks, there were concerns about storing data on American servers. Some Canadian universities had users' accounts and data stored on an American server which was subject to the US Patriot Act. In 2013, this is not the case because all data was moved to Canadian servers at the University of Toronto in 2007.

Reference management and social bibliographic tools

See also Social bookmarking sites

Most of these tools are free to use on the web, unless you require a premium version.


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