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Choose a bibliographic reference manager to store references, to manage them, share them and produce a bibliography.
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  • Bibliographic reference  
  • Bibliographic reference management software  
  • Bibliography  
  • Citation  
  • Connection file  
  • Export references  
  • Field  
  • Footnote  
  • Full-text  
  • Import filter  
  • Import references  
  • Personal bibliographic database  
  • Publication style  

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What is a bibliographic reference manager?

A bibliographic reference manager is a specialized tool to assist in the construction and editing of the bibliography accompanying any research study.

It allows you to:

  • Create your own personal bibliographic database(s), also called personal reference database(s) .
  • Save, by manual input or automatic import, bibliographic references and web bookmarks from an information search or from other bibliographic tools.
  • Manage these references and the text of the associated documents.
  • Present references according to a given publication style, to automatically generate the formatted bibliography in a publication and the citations in the corresponding text.
  • Export the corpus of references, to publish it on the web and in some cases, to share your references.

What are the advantages of using personal bibliography software?

  • Back up and archive references very rapidly, without having to type them all.
  • Manipulate them easily using a database.
  • Extract your bibliography in the desired format and automatically change the style for another publication.
  • Share and access your references online. Benefit from the references diffused online by other users.
  • Save time for your research work.

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To cite this guide

Malingre, Marie-Laure, Bougé-Grandon, Dominique. "Bibliographic reference managers". In UEB (European University of Brittany). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, 2010 (last updated 4th July 2013). Available at:


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