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11 of the Best Free Linux Bibliography Tools

11 of the Best Free Linux Bibliography Tools

Bibliographic software (also known as citation software or reference managers) plays a very important role in research. This type of software helps research to be published more quickly. Researchers amass a huge collection of bibliographic references which are pertinent to their field of research, and they need to cite relevant references in their published journal articles.

Consequently, the effective management of bibliographic references is important to these individuals, saving them time to find the required citations. Some of the other ways the process is streamlined is that this type of software helps researchers to organise bibliographies, by formatting citations for academic papers, importing citations from websites and databases, and by taking notes on articles.

A bibliographic manager will typically let the user search academic and non-academic databases, store the reference, annotate them, import / export between different formats, and present the data to standard formats.

EndNote is one of the most popular reference management applications. EndNote's developers, Thomson Reuters, have not developed a Linux version, nor is it released under an open source license. Fortunately, there is a wide range of open source software which offers similar functionality (and more besides) available for Linux. A special mention is reserved here for BibTeX, which is often used with the LaTeX document preparation system and markup language.

A common misconception is that bibliography tools are really only useful for academics. However, this type of software is a type of reference manager offering the ability to collect large amounts of metadata.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 11 excellent bibliographic software, including native Linux applications, Java based tools, and Web-based programs. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to publish their research more quickly.

Now, let's explore the 11 bibliography tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Bibliography Tools
Referencer Document organiser and bibliography manager for Gnome
RefDB Reference database and bibliography tool for SGML, XML, and LaTeX documents
Bibus Bibliographic database
Pybliographer Tool for manipulating bibliographic databases
cb2Bib Extract bibliographic references from various sources
Java Based
JabRef Graphical frontend to manage BibTeX databases
TextCite A proficient bibliographic citation manager
Web-Based
WIKINDX Provides a Virtual Research Environment
Zotero Powerful online/offline research tool for the Firefox web browser
Aigaion Multi-user system for managing annotated bibliographies
refbase Efficiently manage scientific literature, references and citations

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