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I'm deciding what reference management software install to a friend that just begin to used Linux and have needs about reference management, I'm a little lost due to all the options available so I decide install to she one of the most used reference management software.

So, taking your experience, what software do you recommend me to install?

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Questions about the "best" and the "most used" things tend to invoke a lot of opinion and are not appropriate for a Q&A site. –  guntbert Nov 25 '13 at 21:05
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http://www.mendeley.com/ is an improved Zotero with main point of to be able to share with collaborators etc.

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Looking at mendeley.com/compare-mendeley seem that mendeley is better. Beside site look more Pro, I will go with mendeley if nobody suggest me aother. Thank @Andris. –  gsc-frank Jul 26 '12 at 19:40
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Zotero is the only one I'm aware of, but my experience is limited. I'm sure there are more.

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Thanks @Adrian Zotero 1, others 0 ;) –  gsc-frank Jul 26 '12 at 15:07
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Zotero and Mendeley both have their strong points. One thing to mention, though, is that Zotero is the only one to let you add formats other than pdfs to your library - you can add web pages, for example. You should be able to find lots of people commenting on them on the web, articles comparing them as well, and plenty of how to videos on YouTube.

If you are a student at a college or university, I strongly suggest you ask your librarian what is used on your campus. The campus might have a site license to EndNote or Refworks, and your library might teach classes in whichever reference manager(s) are used on your campus.

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for an ironic look at the question what the best reference manager is, read here :-) http://www.docear.org/2013/08/27/off-topic-which-one-is-the-best-reference-management-software-tool/

Or here for an overview of the popularity of the different tools http://www.docear.org/2013/11/11/on-the-popularity-of-reference-managers-and-their-rise-and-fall/

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I'm not sure what you mean by "reference management." Are you asking where/how to store your personal documentation? If so, a simple solution is to just use a word processing program like Microsoft Word (from Microsoft Office) or LibreOffice Writer. A popular solution for techies is a personal wiki. It requires technical experience to setup, backup, upgrade, and even use the wiki, but most techies like learning those processes. There are many wikis to choose from, but a popular one is Mediawiki, which is the wiki that runs wikipedia.com.

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Thanks @Tom with "reference management" I mean reference management, lol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  gsc-frank Jul 26 '12 at 14:51
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