What is the easiest reference manager to use?

There are several popular reference managers available, and the "easiest" one to use can vary depending on individual preferences and needs. However, there are a couple of factors that you can take into account when assessing a reference manager and how easy to use it is.

Questions to ask to find out if a reference manager is easy to use:

  • Does it have a clean and simple interface?
  • Can you quickly learn how to use it without studying a manual for hours?
  • Is it easy to migrate from other reference managers?
  • Is it easy to collaborate with other researchers?
  • Is the reference import from databases and websites quick and hassle-free?
  • Can you easily switch between citation styles?
  • Can you switch between devices and access your library from anywhere?

Paperpile meets all of the above criteria for an easy-to-use reference manager:

Paperpile reference manager

“It does everything I need it to, especially annotations, simply and easily.” —PhD student, University of Michigan

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Frequently Asked Questions about reference manager examples

What does a reference manager do?

A reference manager allows you to import and export citations, manage PDFs, format bibliographies, and organize your research library.

Why is Paperpile an easy-to-use reference manager?

Paperpile’s clean and intuitive user interface makes it the easiest reference manager to use. Migration from other reference managers is quick and straightforward.

Why should I use Paperpile?

Paperpile is an easy-to-use reference manager that doesn’t require you to spend hours trying to learn how it works. You can just get started and enjoy the clean and intuitive interface.