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Citation Management Migration Guide

The Basics

  EndNote
Desktop

EndNote basic

RefWorks Mendeley Zotero
Price $109 per version Free Option of individual subscription TBA Free (cost to upgrade storage) Free (cost to upgrade storage)
Free web storage unlimited 2 GB N/A 2 GB 300 MB
Web App? Yes Yes Yes Yes

Yes (Firefox and Chrome)

Desktop App? Yes No No Yes Yes
Mobile App? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Organizes PDFs, docs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug-in for MS Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web plug-ins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF Viewer for highlighting & annotating Yes No No Yes No
Syncs across platforms Yes No No Yes Yes
Full-text search for attached pdfs? Yes No No Yes Yes
Citation Styles 6000+ 21 3000+ 8000+ 8000+
Spell Check Yes No Yes No No
Advanced Search Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Private (invite-only) groups Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Public groups No No No Yes Yes
Social Networking No No No Yes Yes
Pulls citation info from PDFs Yes No No Yes Yes
Annotate & highlight PDFs Yes No Yes Yes  
Create referneces from DOIs Yes No No Yes  

 

Comparing Features

I want to... We Recommend: Why?
Work on more than one computer or device

EndNote Online

Mendeley

Zotero

All of these tools are web-based. As long as you're connected to the Internet, you're good to go.
Work offline sometimes

EndNote

Mendeley

These tools save to your computer and you always have access to your library.
Save and work with images & websites

Zotero

 

Zotero has a snapshot feature that lets you cite these alternate formats and other grey literature.
Manage a large volume of citations

EndNote

Mendeley

EndNote has no storage limit, and Mendeley provides 3 GB with the free subscription: plenty of space for your files and citations.