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
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
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
A bibliographic manager will typically let the user
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
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
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.
||Document organiser and bibliography manager for Gnome
database and bibliography tool for SGML, XML, and LaTeX documents
for manipulating bibliographic databases
||Extract bibliographic references from various sources
||Graphical frontend to manage BibTeX databases
proficient bibliographic citation manager
||Provides a Virtual Research Environment
online/offline research tool for the Firefox web browser
||Multi-user system for managing annotated bibliographies
manage scientific literature, references and
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