Reference Management Tools - Same, Same but Different


  • Mette Bechman Copenhagen Business School
  • Jeanette Ekstrøm Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Kirstin Remvig SDU



Reference management is an essential part of academic practice, for staff and students alike, and software to support reference management has grown into a standard, almost universal, service across Higher Education institutions around the world. 

The market is huge and the solutions plentiful. Some are free and others very pricey, some are extremely basic while others offer very advanced features. So how does one decide which software to run  with? 

In this workshop, we will explore four popular RM tools that all do the same basic jobs (i.e. store data and support the implementation of reference regimes) but on top of that also offer different and unique features, collaborative, organisational, or compositional. 

The tools in focus are: Citavi, Endnote, Mendeley, & Zotero.

This workshop is an opportunity for everybody interested in software-based reference management, seasoned users as well as curious newcomers, to explore as a group and discuss selected  solutions, to share best-practice experiences, and, hopefully, to understand more clearly what is gained and  what is missed when institutions opt for one universal software solution at the expense of others. 



How to Cite

Bechman, M., Ekstrøm, J., & Remvig, K. (2019). Reference Management Tools - Same, Same but Different. Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 11(1).