|Price||$79 per version||Free||Free (cost to upgrade storage)||Free (cost to upgrade storage)|
|Free web storage||unlimited||2 GB||2 GB||300 MB|
|Organizes PDFs, docs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Plug-in for MS Word||Yes||Yes||Yes (see instructions)||Yes|
|Annotate & highlight PDFs||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Syncs across platforms||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Full-text search for attached pdfs?||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Private (invite-only) groups||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pulls citation info from PDFs||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Create references from DOIs||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|I want to...||We Recommend:||Why?|
|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.|
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:
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?
You bet! Try out any of these free online tools:
I have more questions! Who should I contact?
We are here to answer any of your questions about citation managers. Just email us at email@example.com anytime!
Pros: Very robust, many research databases offer export options specifically for EndNote
Cons: Not as user friendly, not able to save webpage snapshots, complex to learn
Good choice if: you have a large number of citations to manage, and you need to work collaboratively with a group
Comparing EndNote & EndNote basic? Want to learn more?
Pros: User-friendly, good tools for annotating PDFs, free searchable online library of papers & citations
Cons: Only 1 private group with the free account
Good choice if: you want to work in a small group with good collaboration tools, want to communicate online with colleagues
Pros: User-friendly, can auto-detect item types, unlimited # of private or public groups, easily saves webpages
Cons: Very limited storage space with the free account
Good choice if: you want to work in multiple groups and freely share resources, you need to save webpages and snapshots