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I want to...
Work on more than one computer or device
All of these tools are web-based. As long as you're connected to the Internet, you're good to go.
Work offline sometimes
These tools save to your computer and you always have access to your library.
Save and work with images & websites
Zotero has a snapshot feature that lets you cite these alternate formats and other grey literature.
Manage a large volume of citations
EndNote has no storage limit, and Mendeley provides 2 GB with the free subscription: plenty of space for your files and citations.
Frequently asked questions
What is a citation manager?
Citation management software (aka reference or bibliographic management software) helps manage and organize citations for bibliographies and citations in your papers. There are many different options out there--some free and some for a fee. Examples include EndNote, EndNote basic, Mendeley, and Zotero. All of these options have the same basic functions, but also have their own unique quirks and features. The basic features you should expect to see are:
Import citation information
Collect, organize, & annotate citations
Manage PDF files
Generate bibliographies and format footnotes or inline citations in a variety of styles
How do I pick a new citation manager?
We recommend checking out the features of Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote and deciding which features are most important for your research. Try talking to others in your department to see what they use, and take advantage of online tutorials.
I don't need a complex citation manager. Are there other products I could use for simple citations?