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Reference management tools

Reference management tools allow researchers to link to and correctly cite referenced works in their papers. Also known as citation management tools, the software can create proper citations in a desired style (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.). Additionally, reference management tools automate building bibliographies, footnotes, or reference sections in research papers. 

TLU Academic Library currently offers user support for the following reference management tools:


Zotero is a free reference management tool that allows you to:

  • collect, organize, and analyze research
  • create and manage your own systematized resource library
  • create bibliographies and add in-text citations to your documents
  • share documents with other researchers

Zotero quick start guide:

Zotero support:
Elisabeth Arder (
Tambet Teder (


Mendeley is free reference manager and academic social network that allows you to:

  • search and sort your references, documents and notes
  • generate your citations and bibliography in the style of your choice
  • share reading lists, references or full-text articles
  • create groups, share feedback and write papers with your collaborators
  • connect with colleagues, to follow their research output

Mendeley guides:

A free Mendeley account includes:

  • 2 GB of personal storage
  • 100 MB of shared storage
  • up to 25 collaborators in private groups
  • up to 5 private groups

Mendeley support:
Carolina Schultz (

Additional information:
Subject librarians
Tel: +372 6409 184