What are reference managers

  • tools for citation generation and bibliographic reference management
  • what they can do: reference management, imports from catalogues and databases, storing notes and full texts, automatic citation generation in various citation styles, citation sorting, integration with word processors allowing automatic citing directly in Word, etc.

Freely available reference managers


  • creates bibliographic references in accordance with ČSN ISO 690
  • references can be created by filling out a form or automatically generated using identificators such as ISBN, ISSN or DOI
  • after logging in, it also offers reference management and exporting (to Word or PDF)


  • can be installed either as a Firefox addon or a separate application (Zotero Standalone) with extensions to Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox
  • allows creating references in various citation styles
  • great advantage is automatic extraction of data directly from web pages (including library catalogues)
  • manual can be found here


  • reference and publication manager allowing to store, organise and share personal bibliographic collection
  • works as an online service with limited functionality, full functionality in standalone application (Mendeley Desktop)
  • for local use on the computer, use the freely available Reference Manager and its extension Web Importer which allows direct import of bibliographic references and documents from a vast amount of academic databases and full-text resources


  • allows storing, sharing and organizing of bibliographic references
  • works as a online service, there is no software to install
  • citation styles: APA, Chicago, Elsevier, Harvard, MLA, Nature, Oxford, Science, Turabian or Vancouver
  • references can be enhanced with full texts and tags, and shared

Commercial reference managers

Citace Pro

  • commercial product from the creators of Citace.com
  • supports over 6000 citations styles including ČSN ISO 690
  • offers extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and an extension for Microsoft Word
  • this manager is available free to all students and employees of Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, log in here - use your login name and password to CAS/SIS

EndNote Basic

  • online version of desktop application EndNote, free since 2013
  • extended functionality for users of Web of Science
  • how to gain access:
    • register to EndNote Basic from a university IP address
    • or, off campus, use Remote access (Shibboleth) on this site and than register to EndNote Basic
    • then you can use the application from any computer (just log in to EndNote Basic) for a year
    • after a year Endnote Basic may require you to sign in to it on campus or through the Remote access (Shibboleth)
  • manual can be found here


  • cloud-based service for storing, sharing and organising bibliographic references and full texts, citing in scholarly texts and creating bibliographies from the company ProQuest
  • each student or employee with a valid Charles University e-mail address can register for free access
  • you then get 10GB of storage and possibility of unlimited sharing inside and outside the institution
  • here is an overview of functions of the system

References in the library catalog

  • references are displayed at each record in the catalog
  • reference can be generated in 10 citation styles
  • at each record you can also find a link to Citace.com; by clicking on it you get redirected directly to the system

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