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Reference and citation managers | Research and Resources
Everything you need to know about Refworks
These guides are developed and maintained by the University of Waterloo Library. Learn how to import references into Refworks; annotate pdfs; remove duplicate references; create and export bibliographies, and more.
Refworks and other reference managers and citation software
Use citation software to:
- create your own personal citation database by importing references from text files or online databases.
- effectively manage all of your references
- automatically format the bibliography
- insert in-text citations
- and save yourself a ton of time!
Paid (free trial) and free alternatives
Compare Reference Managers
Feature and pros and cons of popular reference management software.
EndNote ($ free trial only)
EndNote is available as a desktop option or as a free web-based software. The most recent desktop version is EndNote X9.
LaTeX is a freely available typesetting system that allows you to produce professional looking publications. Users find that LaTeX is good for working with documents that contain a lot of mathematical formulae or equations.
With a web-based and desktop versions, this software is a very workflow-friendly bibliography system
With an interface that will feel very familiar to iOS users, Papers now has a Windows version as well. $$ Paid. Free 30-day trial.
Zotero is a free, open source program, available as a desktop application and as a browser extension.