Citation managers compared
This chart compares the citation managers we support, and consider questions like:
- What is the norm in your field? What do your collaborators use?
- Do you prefer a Web-based tool, or one that is installed on your computer?
- Will you be sharing citations or your database with others?
Citation managers can be changed, more than one citation manager can be used at a time, and citations can be moved from manager to another.
For more information, take a library workshop on a particular citation manager, or a session introducing all the features that they share.
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|Feature||EndNote Basic||EndNote Desktop||Zotero|
|Cost||Free to U of M students, staff, & faculty||Desktop: $125.95 (version X8 academic pricing as of Dec. 2017) at U of M Bookstore||Free|
|Access||Access free from Web Of Science||Desktop: software (Mac/PC) Allows work offline||Desktop software available for download at Zotero Use on computer or flash drive or sync across computers Allows work offline|
|Collaboration||Share libraries with other EndNote users and citations via EndNote Basic||Share your library with up to 100 other EndNote Desktop users||Create group libraries and sync through Zotero|
|Audience||Good for undergraduate level research and collaboration.||Good for users who write a lot of papers and for long term research projects.||Good choice for papers for classes. Best choice for capturing web-based and other non-standard sources (non-journal)|
|Ease of use||Moderately easy||Desktop version is more difficult to learn.||Easy|
|Import from library databases||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import from library catalog||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import from websites||Save manually||Save manually||Yes|
|PDF annotations and highlighting||No||Yes||No 3rd party software options available|
|Storage and capacity||Limited to 10,000 references||Unlimited||300 MB for free. More space available for a fee.|
|Notes and tags||Can add notes and tags.||Can add notes and tags.||Can add notes and tags.|
|Word processing 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.||Word Processor Plugins for MSWord, Google Docs & LibreOffice|
|Citation styles||All major styles. Can request custom styles.||All major styles. Can edit and create new styles.||All major styles. Can edit and create new styles.|