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Reference Management Software

Highlighters and post-its are useful friends - but when it comes to research papers, you are better served with a reference management tool. The programs support you in managing your own reference collections as well as in writing academic papers.

Useful Functions of Reference Management Software

  • Store reference and sources systematically
  • Structure notes and excerpts
  • Integrate citations easily into texts
  • Create a bibliography with one click
  • Thinking aids: create cross-references more quickly with an overview

What to Bear in Mind when Choosing a Software

  • What technical requirements do I need (operating system etc.)?
  • How intensively do I want to exchange information?
  • Which functions do I need?
  • How practical is the handling?

We offer consultation for the following software:


Windows, web-based UZH Campus software licences
Icon Vorteile Sharing via Citavi Web, task planning, knowledge organization
Icon Daumen runter Only compatible with Windows


Citavi 6 training videos

Citavi 6 manual


Windows, Mac, Linux free, Open Source 
Icon Vorteile Intuitive user interface for direct editing of .bib files for BibTeX and BibLaTex, "Cite as you write" function for Emacs, LyX, Texmaker, Texstudio etc.; OpenOffice/LibreOffice integration.
Icon Daumen runter No Add-In for citiation in Word
play User Documentation


Windows, Mac Buy EndNote  (price see website)
Icon Vorteile Sharing via EndNote online account, PDF management, automated search for PDFs, individual citation style, several collections possible
Icon Daumen runter complexe software
play Endnote support and tutorials

EndNote Basic

web-based free (max. 50'000 references, 2GB)
Icon Vorteile Easy to use for reference management, many citiation styles
Icon Daumen runter Management of PDFs somewhat cumbersome
play Endnote Basic Quick Guide (PDF, 450 KB)


Windows, Mac, Linux free
Icon Vorteile Intuitive, integrated PDF-viewer, automatic synchronisation with the Web Library
Icon Daumen runter Is currently being revised, malfunctioning may occur
play Mendeley Help Guides,
Mendeley Support Center


Windows, Mac, Linux free
Icon Vorteile Intuitive, good import quality from library catalogs/databases, Open Source
Icon Daumen runter Low free web storage space (300 MB)
play Zotero documentation
Zotero Forums