Bibliography Management

Bibliography Management Tools
There are multiple tools available to simplify managing your references, formatting citations, and creating bibliographies.

  • Zotero: A free tool to manage references, allowing you to import them either from your browser or from various online databases.
  • Mendeley: A free online reference manager and PDF organizer.
  • JabRef: A free cross-platform tool to manage BibTeX-formatted bibliographies. It can also import bibliography data with abstracts from sites such as Web of Science, and it allows for creating references and inserting bibliography lists in LaTeX documents or (through RTF) into MS Word and other documents.

Online Reference Databases
Online reference databases are helpful when searching for existing papers covering a certain topic. Some of them allow for more extensive searches, such as finding all papers that cite a particular work or include paper abstracts.

  • Web of Science: Database of published papers with very good coverage. Includes paper abstracts and many powerful search options. Reference lists can be exported in multiple formats.
  • Google Scholar: Includes papers in non-refereed publications, as well as some working papers. Can export references in BibTeX format. No abstracts.
  • EconLit: Economics literature database.
  • RePEc: A free database of working papers in economics and related fields. Includes a code repository.
  • SSRN: A large working-paper repository.

Bibliographies within Documents Typeset with TeX

Bibliographies for MS Word and WordPerfect Users 
Two of the leading software packages (EndNote and ProCite) among universities are owned by IRI ResearchSoft. Both come with add-ins for Word and WordPerfect that allow the user to create the bibliography with a few keystrokes, selecting the desired style. Both allow for creating reference types and styles and come with a number of "filters" that allow the program to import references from other sources. Both programs offer downloadable demo versions.