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These modules offer a quick look at several reference management programs, together with links to more info.
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Why use a reference manager?

Reference managers (also called "bibliographic software" or "citation managers") are designed to...

  • track where you found a particular idea, picture, fact, or quote so it can be properly cited later.
  • organize your references by research project in your own searchable database.
  • import references from online databases, library catalogs, journal indexes and web sites.
  • automatically format your references into any style you choose, such as MLA, or APA.

Need assistance? Contact a librarian!

Other (Free) Options

  • ReadCube
    Import your PDFs in a single step. Full-text searchable with your highlights and sticky notes. Relevant articles are automatically recommended every day.
  • CiteULike
    A free service for managing and discovering scholarly references
  • BibTeX
    For LaTeX users

What do you use?



RefWorks is available at no cost for Dartmouth students and alums. Create an account using your Dartmouth or DHMC email address.

• Learn to use RefWorks in 20 min (video)
• All RefWorks screencasts
• RefWorks 2.0 Quick Start Guide (pdf)
• Dartmouth RefWorks Guide



EndNote is a software application that is available for purchase from the Computer Store with an academic discount.

You can download EndNote and use it free for 30 days at

For screencasts on what EndNote can do and how to use it, visit the EndNote Training Support site.



Click for a 3-minute Zotero demonstration

Zotero is a free, open source reference manager that works in your browser.  Take the ztour (left) for a quick demonstration.

Other screencasts

See all screencast tutorials

Download Zotero

Quick Start Guide to Zotero



Mendeley is a free pdf organizer, reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. 

Mendeley's features are outlined briefly and clearly in this overview.

Short video tutorials show you how to import documents, generate citations, organize your library, create public and private groups, and create an author profile.

Create a free account and download Mendeley here.



Papers allows you to search for, download and organize pdfs together with supplementary material, You can also read them full screen, highlight and keep notes, sync them to your iPad or iPhone, cite them in your favorite word processor, share them with your colleagues, and much much more.

Papers is available for purchase, with a student discount, for Mac, Windows, and iOS.

Learn more.


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