Modern reference management programmes can do far more than simply collect and manage bibliographic data and create bibliographies.
- They enable direct data import from library catalogues, databases, the Web and PDF files.
- Not only citations are managed in the data collection, but the corresponding files as well (e.g. PDF, DOC, XLS, TXT, HTML, ...).
- The range of functions also includes automatic enhancement with full-text documents.
- The numberous tools permit a detailed search through all the information and files saved in your own data pool, thus providing good support for the indexing and structuring of contents.
- A multitude of citation styles are available for publishing. They create the desired form of the bibliography and can be modified or even completely re-created by the user.
Comparison of reference management systems
Comparison of the Reference Management Systems by the Max-Planck Insitute of Biochemistry [DE]
Software comparison of the Reference Management by the Technical University of Munich [DE]
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Here are some of the particular strengths of Citavi and EndNote:
- offers functions such as knowledge organisation and task planning in addition to reference management
- focusses on ease-of-use and in addition to diverse standard citation formats also offers other possibilities that can be generated for creating complicated forms of citation, a great benefit especially for humanities scholars.
- For example, users appreciate the import via ISBN lists and the Citavi Picker, that can generate metadata from different types of texts as well as
- the simple transfer fo the data into other structures (Excel, RIS,...)
- The Citavi Team licence supports working in teams.
- particularly flexible in the handling and structuring of the collected data (groups and sub-groups)
- a multitude of output formats/citation styles (well over 5,000)
- uses all essential publishing products, especially medical and scientific ones, (focussed on the English language sector)
- the search function enables a refined search in linked databases
- the close interlinking of Microsoft Word and OpenOffice with EndNote enables the immediate representation of ready formatted citations that were inserted during publishing
- and allows the user to "return" the bibliography from the Word document to the EndNote database
- EndNote Basic, seperately or together with EndNote, supports the reference work in research groups.