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Reference Management

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What do reference management programs offer?

Reference management programs can help you (depending on the program):

  • Clearly organize and sort your references from library catalogs and databases
  • Quickly and easily cite in your texts
  • Quickly and easily compile and export a bibliography
  • Format references in your preferred citation style
  • Easily coordinate work in teams
  • Create and organize notes, excerpts, and categories for your references

The University Library’s Primo Knowledge Portal supports the RIS format used across the different platforms (click on the title in the result list, click on Details in the menu > Send to export/citation)

Overview of selected reference management programs

System Features Requirements for use Cost
(free campus license for TU members)

UB courses
Program: Local system (single user), projects: can be saved locally and in the cloud,
easy to use,
advanced features, easy integration into Word
Focus: reference management, knowledge organization
Use with Mac only possible via a virtual machine
At least 1 GB RAM, 4 GB recommended
Full version free for TU members (campus license)

UB courses

Help with Zotero
Local (single user) and web-based,
Easy to use,
Different apps & tools via API
Windows, Mac, Linux
Web: platform independent
Desktop version: Free of charge,
Web version: first 300MB of file storage free (PDFs etc.), additional free storage via tubCloud
Endnote Local (single user) and web-based, streamlined, relatively technical,
Collaboration possible using Endnote Online
Windows, Mac. Endnote Online/Basic: platform independent Full version: reduced price for TU units
Student price starting at 127 euros.
Endnote Basic: free of charge, advanced functions available to TU members
Mendeley Local (single user) and web-based,
Integrated reference management and academic network (with focus on the natural sciences),
Different apps & tools via API
Windows, Mac, Linux. Web version: platform independent Desktop version: free of charge
Web version: first 2 GB free
JabRef Local (single user) and web-based,
Easy collaboration with different LaTeX editors,
Allows you to keep track of what you read and assign ranking, relevance, and priority values,
Collaboration only possible via a joint SQL database,
Windows, Mac, Linux
Web version:
platform independent
Free of charge

Reference management - materials for independent learning

We have put together introductory videos, exercises, and other materials about Citavi and Zotero as well as reference management programs in general to help you learn how to use these tools on your own.

Reference management at home - independent learning materials

Zusatzinformationen / Extras


 Eva Reblin, Marion Schüler

Tel.: (030) 314 - 76301

Further information