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· 2 min read

CiteDrive, a tool for managing and collecting BibTeX entries and citations, is currently developing an extension for Obsidian,  a note-taking app with a unique approach to note-taking. It allows users to quickly link and connect their ideas, increasing productivity when writing papers, and we recognize the importance of researchers during the authoring phase. CiteDrive will also expand Markdown support, as it already does for Jupyter Notebook, Quarto, and R Markdown, to help researchers organize and access their references in apps like Obsidian.

What exactly is Obsidian?

Obsidian is a cross-platform application that allows you to quickly and efficiently organize and connect your thoughts and ideas -- all in markdown. It comes with a complete set of tools for creating notes, diagrams, graphs, documents, and other types of content. The app connects related markdown files novelly, making it simple to connect ideas, explore new paths, and quickly expand on topics.

It's an excellent tool for creating knowledge maps from scratch or from previously taken notes.

Obsidian was designed to be a personal knowledge base, but it works well in collaborative projects. With CiteDrive's support for Obsidian, you'll get the best of both worlds: a powerful research tool and an efficient knowledge base. Stay tuned for more information!

What is CiteDrive, and what is it used for?

CiteDrive is a cutting-edge cloud-based research tool that revolutionizes the storage and organization of bibliographic data. This app lets you securely store and access your BibTeX entries from anywhere, at any time, while staying in sync with tools like Overleaf and RStudio. Organize your global master.bib file references and teams into projects to make collaboration with other researchers, students, and teachers easier and to keep everyone on the same page. We cordially invite you to take advantage of CiteDrive's first-rate services immediately!

· 3 min read

As a researcher, academic, or writer, you're likely well aware of the importance of properly citing your sources. However, keeping track of your references and ensuring that they are formatted correctly can be a challenging and time-consuming task. This is where BibTeX comes in.

BibTeX is a typesetting program that is commonly used to manage bibliographic references in LaTeX documents. It was created in the mid-1980s by Oren Patashnik and Leslie Lamport, and since then, it has become one of the most widely used tools for managing references in LaTeX documents.

So, why use BibTeX? Here are a few key benefits:

Consistent Formatting

One of the biggest benefits of using BibTeX is that it ensures that your references are formatted consistently throughout your document. This is especially important if you're writing a longer document, such as a thesis or book, where you'll be citing many different sources. With BibTeX, you can define your reference styles once and then automatically apply them to all of your references, saving you time and effort.

Automated Processes

BibTeX also automates many of the processes involved in managing your references. For example, if you need to add a new reference to your document, you simply add it to your bib-file and then use a command in your LaTeX document to include it. This eliminates the need to manually format each reference, freeing up time and energy that you can use to focus on your research or writing.


BibTeX is widely used, which means that it's easy to share your bibliographic references with others. For example, you can easily share your bib-file with other researchers who are using LaTeX, making collaboration easier and more efficient. Additionally, there are many tools available that can help you import references from popular databases, such as PubMed or Google Scholar, into your bib-file, making it easy to build up a comprehensive reference library.


Finally, BibTeX is highly customizable, which means that you can create your own reference styles or modify existing ones to suit your needs. This makes it easy to create reference styles that match the specific requirements of your field or publication, ensuring that your references are formatted correctly and meeting the expectations of your audience.

In conclusion, BibTeX is an indispensable tool for anyone who is serious about managing their bibliographic references. Whether you're a researcher, academic, or writer, BibTeX can help you save time and effort, ensure consistent formatting, and make collaboration easier and more efficient. If you're not already using BibTeX, it's definitely worth considering for your next project!

· 4 min read

Overleaf is a popular online platform for writing academic papers and research articles, offering a collaborative and easy-to-use interface for creating, editing, and sharing documents with others. One of the most important elements of an academic paper is proper citation, and Overleaf offers a number of tools to help you format and manage your references.

In this guide, we'll look at how to use Biblatex, a powerful citation management system, to create and format citations in your Overleaf documents.

Step 1: Set Up Biblatex

To get started with Biblatex, you'll need to add a few lines of code to your Overleaf document to load the package and configure it to your needs. Here's an example of what the preamble of your document might look like:

`\usepackage[style=authoryear,backend=biber]{biblatex} \addbibresource{references.bib}`

This code loads the Biblatex package and sets the citation style to authoryear, which is a common citation style used in many academic fields. It also sets the backend to biber, which is a robust bibliography processor that can handle complex citation requirements.

Finally, the \addbibresource command tells Biblatex where to find your bibliographic references, which we'll discuss in the next step.

Step 2: Create Your Bibliography

Before you start using Biblatex in Overleaf, you'll need to have a bibliographic reference database, commonly known as a bib-file, that contains all the details of your sources. Creating a bib-file can be a time-consuming and tedious task, but with the help of CiteDrive, a collaborative web-based research management tool, you can easily create, manage, and share your bibliographic references.

CiteDrive is built on BibTeX and fully supports Biblatex, making it a great choice for researchers and academics who want to take advantage of the power and flexibility of these tools. Additionally, CiteDrive connects seamlessly with Overleaf, so you can easily access and edit your bibliographic references right from within your Overleaf documents.

To get started with CiteDrive, simply sign up for a free account and start adding your references. You can import references from popular databases like PubMed, Google Scholar, and more, or manually add references to your library. Once you've created your library, you can export it as a BibTeX or Biblatex file, which you can then use in your Overleaf documents.

For more information on how to use CiteDrive with Overleaf, you can refer to the blog post at

Here's an example of a simple reference in Biblatex* format:

author = {John Doe},
title = {An Example Article},
journal = {Journal of Examples},
year = {2021},
volume = {1},
pages = {1-10},

You can add as many references as you need to this file, and Biblatex will automatically format them according to the citation style you've chosen.

Step 3: Insert Citations in Your Document

With your bibliographic references in place, you can now insert citations into your Overleaf document. To do this, use the \cite command followed by the key of your reference. For example:

As demonstrated by Doe (2021), it is possible to use Biblatex with Overleaf.

The citation will appear in your document as a parenthetical reference, with the author and year of publication, and Biblatex will format it according to the citation style you've chosen.

Step 4: Generate the Bibliography

Finally, to generate the bibliography for your document, you'll need to add a \printbibliography command to the end of your document. This will tell Biblatex to compile the bibliography from your references and format it according to the citation style you've chosen.

And that's it! You're now ready to use Biblatex to create and format citations in your Overleaf documents. With its powerful features and flexible configuration options, Biblatex is a great choice for anyone looking for a comprehensive and easy-to-use citation management system.

Are you in search of a simple and cost-free online BibTeX manager?

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