Reference Management

A reference management program will help you to systematically organise your printed and electronic media. Use it to collect bibliographic data and documents, manage them efficiently, and output them as a bibliography or as text/footnote citations.

Citavi is licensed to the TU. It also maintains Zotero, which is free, and a limited version of EndNote, which is subject to fees.

ULB offers learning formats for Citavi and Zotero.

What does a reference management program do?

  • Creates and manages individual or shared literature databases (collects, organises, searches, comments on references)
  • Searches and imports data from library catalogues and specialist databases (interface to online databases)
  • Outputs and formats reference lists (for theses, research articles, applications, documentation)
  • Collaborates with text processing (inserts and links references directly so that e.g. a reference management update is instantly updated on the relevant working papers)
  • Manages electronic documents (PDFs, images, e-books, websites)


Which software is suitable for me?

EndNote Citavi Zotero
Costs/purchase fee-based
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campus licence
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free
Download Zotero
Platform Windows/Macintosh Windows only Firefox plug-in
Range of functions the biggest large the essentials
Cite while you write with Word + + +
manual input, data import & import from online databases + + manual input data extraction from websites
data output in various formats (e.g. text processing) + + + (limited)
Additional information EndNote Citavi Zotero
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