Finding yourself a bibliography manager

How to manage my bibliography?

With all the papers you will read throughout your PhD, you will realize at some point that a library manager may be useful for you.

They basically enable you to sort out the papers you are reading throughout the thesis in a simple digitalized library, to store their reference data in a single click, but also make it much easier to cite once you start writing. And that no matter whether you write with Microsoft word or with Latex.

In this section, we present you with two major library managers:


  • Zotero (integrated in Word): 

Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.



  • Build a searchable library that makes it easy to find, read and cite papers
  • Upload your data to a secure online location for easy access and sharing
  • Discuss current topics and collaborate with fellow researchers worldwide

Doctor Zotero

The EPFL Library proposes to help you make the most out of Zotero. 



At your service

Doctor Zotero is a member of the Library training team who remains available once a month during lunch break to answer all the questions you may have on Zotero. Should you need help to set up the software or pieces of advice to use the advanced features, please come and ask.

Everyone is welcome! Take your laptop and join us at anytime during the consultation.


Next consultations / office hours


The consultations take place in the Rolex Learning Center (map), on the hill in front of the main Library entrance.

Should you prefer an individual training, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This service is inspired by what librarians do at the The Faculty Library of Social Sciences, Copenhagen University Library, described in this blog post.