Reference Management Programs

With reference management programs

  • you can export and administrate bibliographic data of books, articles and other publications;
  • you can create bibliographies for academic papers comfortably and according to a citation style of your choice;
  • often support the scientific writing process in all phases - from researching relevant information to structuring and analysing the literature to writing the actual paper.

Many databases and catalogues offer the possibilitv of automatic export of bibliographic data into reference  management programs. Please note the "Export", "Save" or "Download" fields.
Reference management programs are useful when the number of bibliographic data is growing and the handling of simple reading lists becomes too confusing.

Reference Management Programs at a glance


Free, English language program for collecting literature references of different types.



Program for administrating citations. The Basic version with some limited features is available for free.



A commercial reference management program including additional functions such as knowledge organization and task planning. The program is available as a free version with limited scope, as well as a fee-based full version.
A free Campus license for Citavi is available for members of Erfurt University. Usage is allowed for all personal devices and sticks. The license data for the campus license can be retrieved by entering an e-mail address of the University of Erfurt:

Citavi can be used in the Erfurt University Library on PCs and terminals with university login.

An OpenURL in LInkresolvers, such as ReDi-Links,, can be used in Citavi to check the availability of documents in full-text, in your library or by inter-library loan.



A commercial bibliographic management program that allows you to search in online databases and to create / manage bibliographic databases. Endnote is available as a campus license for Erfurt University.
Connection file for the online-catalogue: you can create a separate connection (connection) by copying the  Connection file for GVK, save it under a new name and only adapt the following specification under "Connection Settings": Database name : ube_opc

An OpenURL in LInkresolvers, such as ReDi-Links,, can be used in Endnote to check the availability of documents in full-text, in your library or by inter-library loan.



Free literature management program for organizing, exchanging and citing scientific articles and PDF documents. The software is supplemented by a web interface. You can manage your own library via browser and access statistics that show current trends in research. It is also possible to create a personal profile and exchange information with other researchers in a social network. Also for mobile devices.



Zotero is a free, open-source literature management programme for collecting, managing and citing various online and offline sources. Zotero supports the editing of bibliographic information and literature lists, especially in scientific publications. Zotero is privacy-sensitive and free of charge, suitable for the operating systems Windows, macOS and Linux and can be used either as a browser extension or desktop variant.