Writing & Reference Management Tools

The list of tools below is organized alphabetically, and it represents a selection of the resources available to Digital Humanists. Many of these tools are actively updated, so please contact the DH@Bucknell Web Team if you find any outdated information or if you would like to suggest additional tools or software.

Bucknell University has site licenses and provides faculty, staff, and students with access to and support for a number of these tools; tools for which this is the case have “BU access” listed under pricing.


Evernote

Evernote is a single place for your notes, ideas, lists, and reminders. Evernote lets you store and share information quickly and securely.

Details

Website: https://evernote.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free (basic) plan; pricing tiers


Google Docs

Google Docs provides smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. All your changes are automatically saved as you type. Google Docs also enables easy collaboration, complete with revision history to see old versions of the same document, sorted by date and who made the change.

Details

Website: https://www.google.com/docs/about/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free


LaTeX

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. 

Details

Website: https://www.latex-project.org/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free; use subject to terms of LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL)


Papers

Papers helps you collect and curate research material by allowing you to easily search, download, annotate, and share your research materials directly within the app. Additionally, Papers provides a SmartCite tool that is fast, reliable, and easy to integrate with writing software, including Microsoft Word.

Details

Website: https://www.papersapp.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Scrivener

Scrivener is a writing app that provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing. Tailor-made for long writing projects, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like.

Details

Website: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers


Tropy

Tropy is a photo management tool. Tropy is flexible enough to work the way that you do. Photos can be grouped into individual research documents or objects; documents can be grouped into collections or tagged. You can take notes to describe or transcribe your photos. Full-text search covers all of these levels to help you find what you need. Export to JSON-LD and Omeka S allows you to share and collaborate with others.

Details

Website: https://tropy.org/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? OSS
Pricing: Free


Ulysses

Ulysses offers a focused writing experience combined with effective document management, fast syncing, and flexible export. Ulysses’ unified library holds everything you’ll ever write, and is equipped for managing writing projects of all sizes and ambitions. Ulysses can transform your texts into beautiful PDFs, Word documents and eBooks, properly formatted and styled. It also lets you export to HTML, ready to be used anywhere on the web.

Details

Website: https://ulysses.app/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Pricing tiers
Additional Information: Currently only compatible with Mac and iOS devices


Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Zotero helps you organize your research any way you want. You can sort items into collections and tag them with keywords. Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs.

Details

Website: https://www.zotero.org/
Open Source Software (OSS) or Proprietary? Proprietary
Pricing: Free account; storage costs not included

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