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.

Contact us for more help choosing a citation manager

  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.