What is Overleaf?

Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that may help you make the process of academic writing, editing and publishing much quicker and easier.

Find out more about Overleaf at Overleaf Pro+ at Harvard.

Citation Tools & Overleaf

When working on your bibliography, you can link to your Zotero, CiteULike, or Mendeley accounts directly within Overleaf.  

Zotero or CiteULike 


If you are using another reference management tool, you can upload a BibTeX (.bib) file.


  • Export your bibliography from RefWorks in .bib format to use in Overleaf.
    • Save this exported file to a location which allows direct linking (e.g. google drive), to keep it in sync when you add new references.


BibTeX Resources

BibTeX is a file format used for lists of references for LaTeX documents. Many citation management tools support the ability to export and import lists of references in .bib format. Some reference management tools can generate BibTeX files of your library or folders for use in your LaTeX documents.