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Citations/Bibliography/Style Manuals

Library of the Health Sciences

What is Citation Management Software?

Citation Management Software are computer programs that allow you to generate, save, and sort citations online or on a desktop client. These managers can also generate in-text citations and a bibliography from inside MS Word, saving you a whole lot of time when it comes time for that final paper.

Citation Software comparison chart

 

EndNote Desktop

EndNote Basic

Mendeley

Zotero

Cost

Requires individual purchase by user, research group or department. Desktop: $249.95

Free

Free; option to pay for additional cloud storage or additional private groups

Free; option to pay for additional cloud storage

Ease of use

More difficult

Moderately easy

Moderately easy

Easy

How do I get it?

Purchase and download from EndNote website

Download from online: https://www.myendnoteweb.com/

Create account

 

Download desktop client

 

Install Web Importer

 

Install Word plugin: Windows or Mac

Create account: https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

 

Download: https://www.zotero.org/download/

 

(word plugin is installed at the same time)

How does it work?

Desktop client (Win/Mac)

Web-based interface. Register through Web of Science.  Accessible anywhere.

 

or download the Free software for a 30 day trial - includes all of the features

Desktop client (Win / Mac / Linux)

Online account which syncs to desktop client. Plugins for grabbing citations work with Firefox, Chrome, or Safari

 

Backup & sync via web-based account accessible anywhere

Can I save citations while I browse?

Yes: direct export from some databases, manual import using ENL / RIS

Yes: direct export from some databases, manual import using RIS

Yes: grab citations from popular databases using Web Importer

Yes: browser plugin grabs citations from many popular databases, manual import using RIS/BiBTeX

Creates formatted bibliographies and in-text citations in a word processor

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Collaboration and sharing

Free sharing of citations and attachments with up to 100 EndNote users

Share EndNote Web account with other EndNote Web users (cannot share file attachments)

 

Create shared groups that all users can edit

Create public and private groups

 

Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers

 

One private group of 3 members free (costs for private groups)

Create public and private groups

 

Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers

Storage in cloud and maximum number of records

Unlimited cloud storage

 

Version X4-present: Unlimited records/library

2GB cloud storage

 

10,000 records/library

2GB cloud storage (about 700 articles)

 

Unlimited records/library

300MB cloud storage (about 100 articles) more available for a fee

 

Unlimited records/library

Word Processing software compatibility

Cite-While-You-Write: MS Word and OpenOffice
Also Rich Text Format (RTF) & Open Document Format (ODF) documents.

Cite-While-You-Write: MS Word and OpenOffice
Also Rich Text Format (RTF) & Open Document Format (ODF) documents.

MS Word Plugin, Open Office, and BibTex

Word Processor Plugins for MSWord & LibreOffice