Geosciences: Reference Management

Reference Management Software

Reference managers allow you to collect, save and manage the references you find in databases, websites, or other sources in one place. Most reference management programs include a downloadable desktop version, browser version and perhaps also a mobile app. Also add-ons for word processors are available so that you can create citations and bibliographies, for example, with MS Word.

Please see also the Reference management software at University of Helsinki guide: links to instructions and download sites, self-study materials, guides and videos.

Instructions on installing Zotero, EndNote 21, Mendeley or other applications on a university computer are on the Software Center help page.


EndNote has been purchased for the use of staff and students on the university's computers. Staff may also use EndNote on their computers at home. The installation media for the program can be found in the software distribution service in the software portal in the university network.

How to Use EndNote 21 in 7 Minutes: Windows


Zotero is a free of charge program that anyone can download on their computer. It is an add-on to the Mozilla Firefox browser. Also a browser-independent standalone version is available.

More info at Zotero website.

Using Zotero


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

More info at Mendeley website.

The New Mendeley Reference Manager