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Comparing Citation Managers


EndNote basic

Mendeley Zotero
Price $205 from Shop USask Free Free (cost to upgrade storage) Free (cost to upgrade storage)
Free web storage unlimited 50,000 references
and 2 GB of attachments
2 GB 300 MB
Web App? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop App? Yes No Yes Yes
Mobile App? Yes Yes No Yes
Organizes PDFs, docs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug-in for MS Word Yes Yes (limited) Yes (see instructions) Yes
Web plug-ins Yes Yes Yes Yes
Annotate & highlight PDFs Yes No Yes No
Syncs across platforms Yes No Yes Yes
Full-text search for attached pdfs? Yes No Yes Yes
Citation Styles 6000+ 21 8000+ 8000+
Spell Check Yes No No No
Advanced Search Yes Yes No Yes
Private (invite-only) groups Yes Yes Yes (up to 5) Yes
Public groups No No Yes Yes
Social Networking No No Yes Yes
Pulls citation info from PDFs Yes No Yes Yes
Create references from DOIs Yes No Yes Yes

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Managing References

Reference (or citation) management software allows you to import references/citations from online databases, organize them into folders, insert them into the body of your research paper in a variety of citation style formats (e.g. APA and MLA), and generate formatted reference lists. 

The University Library offers help and instruction on the following reference managers: 

  • EndNote/EndNote Web
  • Mendeley 
  • Zotero 
  • BibTex and LaTex

Further information about Citation Managers, including help guides and video tutorials, is available on the Managing References section of the Library's Citation Style Guide. For further assistance, please use the AskUs online service or contact your liaison librarian.