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A Guide to Mathematics Resources

Options for Managing Citations

Whether you are working toward your dissertation or a short research paper, managing citations and formatting them for your writing is getting easier all the time. There are several options for you to consider:

  • How to Choose: Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote
  • Using Zotero with LaTeX and BibTeX (guide from MIT Libraries)
  • EndNote Web: This is another free tool available; many science researchers use EndNote. Although the free tool is less powerful, there is easy transition between the two products. EndNote Web and EndNote work well with the major databases and citation styles.
  • EndNote: This is a commercial product which is being used by many researchers. The library does not support this product but we are happy to help find the appropriate connection files and import filters as needed. Becker Medical Library often offers a basic EndNote class; see Computer Courses Calendar. There are also usually several tutorials and webinars on the EndNote web site. More info
  • Reference Manager and ProCite are other popular commercial products.
  • Various bookmarking/tagging services may also be worth exploring depending on what you want to do. For example:
  • CiteULike
  • Zotero | Introduction to using Zotero (WU Library research guide)
  • ZoteroBib free service to generate citations easily without an account or login; allows you to search by URL/PMID/Arxiv
  • Mendeley | Introduction to using Mendeley
  • Caution: links to electronic citations may not work well for sharing with folks at other institutions, unless they also have libraries with institutional subscriptions to the resource. Also, you may need to edit the WU proxy prepend [] off the start of your links if you want to share them outside of WU. Please ask Ruth if you have questions about this.

Reference Management Software [Wikipedia]

If you are searching for reviews or software comparisons in your favorite search engine or database, consider other keywords including bibliographic reference management, reference management, personal biblographic systems/software/managers, etc.