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BibDesk is a graphical bibliography manager for OS X, providing powerful BibTeX file management for Mac users.Use BibDesk to edit and manage your bibliography. It will keep track of both the bibliographic information and the associated files or web links for you. BibDesk’s services will simplify using your bibliography in other applications and are particularly well suited for LATEX users.BibDesk is developed as an open source project.

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BibDesk (1), BibTeX (1), Bibliography (20), Citation (18), Cite (18), Google Scholar (2), MAC OS X (6), Mac (9), PubMed (1), RIS (1), Z39.50 (1), catalog (21), catalogue (22), open source (4), reference (19), referencing (18)


BibDesk is freeware.


  • Manage references – abstracts or links to web pages or local files – PDFs or any other kind –  related to the publication.
    If desired, BibDesk will automatically move and rename these files for you.
  • Find references – the search field lets you quickly sift through your whole bibliography by instantaneously filtering all the entries for the terms you enter.Advanced options include full text search of all the PDF files associated to your bibliography entries and ‘smart groups’ which you can set up to always show the publications matching certain keywords.
  • Import- a wide range of import features. These begin with simple text files and rich BibTeX and RIS files which you may already have or can download from many scientific web sites. More advanced features are integration with online resources –
  • Export - BibDesk exports to standard bibliographic formats like RIS, BibTeX or EndNote and can also provide you with a PDF file or copy rich text to the clipboard that you can paste into your document. In addition to native integration for citation autocompletion with most LaTeX editors, there exist many user contributed scripts which make a wide range of bibliographic chores easy.For online collaboration, BibDesk allows both bibliography sharing with your colleagues and export to HTML and RSS
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