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Bibliographic management programmes

As is generally known a research paper for the purposes of your studies does not only include finding relevant literature but also managing research results. There are by now a number of programmes that are able to facilitate this task considerably.
The diverse programmes differ from each other more or less regarding their range of functions and the possibilities. Thus, not every bibliographic management programme is equally well suited for each course of studies. For these reasons we want to give an overview on the most common programmes on this page.

As usual applies: should you find a programme lacking or wish for further information, please feel free to contact us via email.



Current version:         no count
number of datasets:  unlimited
System type:             web-based, free data exchange
Costs/license:            free

Further information:

Bibsonomy is a bibliographic management website with social network features. You can bookmark bibliographical references as well as links, provide them with meta data and share them with other Bibsonomy-Users.

The UCL (University and City Library of Cologne) offers a feature for the KUG (University of Cologne Central Library Catalogue) where you can directly export search results to Bibsonomy.

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Citavi Free

Current version: 3.2(status: april 2012)Number of datasets: maximum amount of 100System type:     local installationHomepage: free

Further information:

Citavi Free is the free basic version of Citavi and is designed for small individual or team projects (up to 100 data sets).  By purchasing a corresponding license (e.g. Citavi Pro) the extended features of Citavi can be unlocked without reinstallation.
Help/Support    manual



Citavi Pro

Current version:               3.2(status: april 2012)
Number of datasets:        unlimited
System type:                    local installation
Costs/license:                  campus license 74 €
order at the RRZK (Regional Data Centre):

Further information:   

Citavi Pro is designated for each size of individual projects but also enables the possibility for team-work to a limited extent (up to 100 data sets). With larger team projects you have read-only access, an additional Citavi Reader license is therefore not required.
Help/Support  manual



Current version:               no count
number of datasets:        unlimited
System type:                   web-based, free data exchange
Costs/license:                  free
gold membership with additional features possible:

Further information

CiteULike is a web-based bibliographic management programme that is based on the principle of a social bookmarking service.  The bibliographical data of the article or the website are automatically read via a bookmarklet and are saved in the user account. Here, they can be enriched with tags and additional information and made available to other users of this service.
Further publications on the same subject can be found via the assigned tags. For some time past CiteULike also gives autonomous recommendations as soon as the individual library has a minimum amount of 20 items.
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Current version:              no count
Number of datasets:       unlimited
System type:                   web-based, free data exchange
Costs/license:                 free 

Further information:

Connotea is a web-based reference management tool by Nature Publishing Group. As with other programmes of this type, you can search for references, bookmark them and provide them with your own metadata. Furthermore, you can save links to websites and enrich them with bibliographical data. In some cases (especially in the field of natural sciences/medicine) this happens automatically. A Firefox extension with several browser buttons to ensure rapid and easy working completes the range of functions.
Help/Support Video tutorials:
source code (under GNU GPL-license):



Current version:               X5(status: april 2012)
Number of datasets:        unlimited
System type:                    local installation
Costs/license:                  campus license €92,82
order at the RRZK: 

Further information:

EndNote is an English-language reference management software by Thomson Reuters which is installed locally on your PC. You can search through a wide range of specialized databases in EndNote and adopt matches. If database providers do not cooperate with EndNote, references can be imported with an appropriate filter.
EndNote can automatically set references in your script and create a bibliography.



Current version:             1.5.1(status: april 2012)
Number of datasets:       usable memory capacity on the server, depending on license
System type:                   local installation, expanded via website
Costs/license:                 different licensing models, base package free

Further information:

Mendeley is a reference management software which consists of a locally installed programme and a web application with a base package of 500MB free memory space on the Mendeley servers. Bibliographical data can be read in via a bookmarklet and then provided with further information. You can also upload PDF files (the appropriate viewer is included by Mendeley) on the server and even let the programme monitor a folder in which saved data are added automatically to your personal bibliography.



Current version:                   3.0(status: april 2012)
Number of datasets:            unlimited
System type:                        browser-based, free data exchange
Costs/license:                      free 

Further information:

Zotero in an extension for the Firefox browser. Unfortunately, other browsers are currently not supported for lack of an appropriate architecture and interfaces.  As with other reference management software, you can import and manage found references with Zotero. You can also upload saved files and screenshots, provide them with metadata and manage them.  You can save your bibliography locally as well as on the Zotero server to share it with other users.
Zotero offers a virtually limitless choice of quotation styles. However, if the desired style is missing, it is comparably easy to request it: Requesting Styles
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