Bibliographic management

What kind of data should the tool work with?

HEURIST (http://HeuristNetwork.org) is an extremely flexible, end-user oriented, web-based data management system designed specifically for Humanities data. Developed since 2005, it has been in active use across many projects since 2009. It is available both as a free web service for researchers (hosted at the University of Sydney Data Centre) or for installation on a physical or virtual server (Open Source on gitHub).

Researchers can design, create, manage, analyse, visualise and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without the need for a programmer(s). Quite complex databases can be built in a few hours by borrowing structures and vocabularies published by other users. Databases can be designed and built incrementally, as existing data are not affected by changes in structure. Databases created by Heurist are stored in MySQL with a repeatable structure facilitating independant access by other software.

Advanced features include record linking, graph structure, drill-down facet searches, rule-based queries, custom reports, linked map-timelines, network visualisation, normalised spreadsheet import, crosstabulation, XML feeds, XSLT transforms. The team provides initial email and skype assistance for project setup at no cost, and special customisations at modest cost.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 13 Oct 2017

Papers helps users collect and curate the research material that they're passionate about. From citations to search, Papers will improve the way users find, organize, read, and cite.

Find
Federated search across 25+ search engines. From PubMed and Scopus to arXiv and Google Patents.

Read
Focus on reading with the full-screen reader, which supports highlights, annotations, and tabs.

Organize
Throw out those folders of uncategorized PDFs and let Papers organize your documents.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 May 2016

JabRef is a graphical application for managing bibliographical databases. JabRef is designed specifically for BibTeX bases, but can import and export many other bibliographic formats. JabRef runs on all platforms and requires Java 1.6 or newer.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 20 Apr 2016

OttoBib generates a bibliography or citation with just an ISBN. Additionally, the reader or teacher can see the books, their covers, links to Amazon or other online references.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 24 Aug 2015

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help users collect, organize, cite, and share their research sources Users can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of their libraries, enabling them to find exactly what they're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 6 Aug 2015

CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection. CiteULike supports annotation and rating of items, and upload of attachments (e.g. PDF file). (Attachments are only accessible privately by individual users).

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 5 Aug 2015

BibSonomy is a social bookmarking and publication-sharing system. It aims to integrate the features of bookmarking systems as well as team-oriented publication management. BibSonomy offers users the ability to store and organize their bookmarks and publication entries and supports the integration of different communities and people by offering a social platform for literature exchange.

Last updated: 6 Jul 2015

Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages and cites research sources. It stays on your web browser where you do your work and it's easy to use. It's being downloaded as a firefox extension, used with the chrome and safari browsers or used as a standalone tool. It allows you to attach pdfs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and open office using any of over 2800 citation styles.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL
Last updated: 24 May 2015

Zotpress is a WordPress plugin that enables users to easily add Zotero citations to a WordPress site by using a special syntax that turns a Zotero citation key into a well-formatted inline citation and bibliography, based on the data stored in Zotero.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 24 May 2015

The ScholarPress Researcher WordPress plugin displays a user's Zotero library within WordPress.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 2 May 2015

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. It allows users to generate bibliographies, find and import papers of interest, access your papers from anywhere online, and collaborate with other researchers online. Mendeley has also developed an iOS app that allows users to sync across devices and access their libraries from wherever they are.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 20 Apr 2015

EndNote is a reference management tool developed by Thomson Reuters that allows users to

  • Search databases right within EndNote
  • Collect full-text PDFs in one click
  • Organize references
  • Organize, rename, annotate, search and open PDFs
  • Sync desktop and online libraries
  • Build and format bibliographies
  • Write, polish and publish
  • Share research with colleagues and team members
  • Network and collaborate privately with your own team, or openly with the wider research community
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

BibMe is an automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills information, allowing you to build easily a works cited page. You can download your bibliography in either MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turbian formats.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

BibDesk allows you to edit and manage your bibliography. It keeps track of the bibliographic information, associated files, and web links.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Bibus is a bibliographic and reference management software. As with other such tools, Bibus allows one to search, edit, and sort bibliographic records. In addition, Bibus contains features that makes it unique among open source and even commercial bibliographic databases:

Code license: Open source, GPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Reference management entails the collection, annotation, curation, and citation of published information. Bookends simplifies these tasks. Bookends can perform Internet searches to retrieve references and associated pdfs or web pages, or immediately find and import references for which you already have the pdf. Versatile groups (static, smart, and virtual), term lists (keywords, authors, etc.), reference cross-linking (links), multiple notecards per reference, PDF annotation, tag clouds, and instantaneous live searches help organize and find information in your personal collection.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Citeline was a web-based service that assisted with the publishing of bibliographies and citation collections. Users could create interactive exhibits and share your data online. Additionally, users could also import Zotero and BibTex files. Citeline was one of MIT's Simile project that has since been retired.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MLA, APA, Chicago / Turabian and most-common Bluebook forms as an integrated citing and note-taking platform for individual or group projects. Prompts for analysis of source types and is unique in offering teaching support and personal help on any citation. Instructor / librarian view allows teacher to comment on work-in-progress providing just-in-time feedback in-context. Archives copies of web pages and pdfs which can be annotated. Dashboard provides long-term access to a portfolio of work.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

RefWorks allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds.

RefWorks allows you to…

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Sente is a full-featured reference manager for Macs, iPads and iPhones. It helps users build, organize and use very large research libraries so they will always be in control of their research literature.

  • gather
  • organize
  • read, annotate, take notes
  • sync
  • cite
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Qiqqa is a research management software that allows you to organize large numbers of papers; find new papers to read and new information about papers you already have; review materials and create annotation reports. Qiqqa has several PDF tools that also allow you to convert from PDFs to text, and use a clipboard function to cut and paste text into your document.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Referencer is a Gnome application to organize documents or references. You can also generate a BibTeX bibliography file.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

BibServer is an open-source RESTful bibliographic data server. BibServer makes it easy to create and manage collections of bibliographic records such as reading lists, publication lists and even complete library catalogs. Its main features include

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Qnotero provides lightning quick access to users' Zotero references. It lives in the system tray and allows users to search through their references by author and/ or year of publication. If a PDF file is attached to a reference, users can open it directly from within Qnotero.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Zotero add-on for Firefox to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach files to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files.

  • Attach New Files to Zotero Items
  • (Batch) Rename and Move Attachments based on Zotero Metadata
  • Sync PDFs with your iPad or Android tablet
  • Extract Annotations from PDF Files
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Android app that scans the ISBN barcode on a book and pulls the bibliographic metadata into your Zotero library.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Zandy provides users with access to their Zotero library through a simple interface. Users can browse and modify the items in their libraries, add new items, view attachments, take and edit item notes, search their libraries, and add webpages from the Android browser.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Designed for journalists, a web-based service for working with primary sources that features search and analysis, highlighting and annotation, and document sharing. Uses Tesseract for OCR and allows users to upload documents and search other its document collection.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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