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Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools can help you keep track of your research, organize your citations, collaborate with others, format bibliographies, and more! These free tools are just a few of the options available to you. Remember, when using citation management tools, you must always check automatically generated citations to make sure they adhere to the rules of your chosen citation style.

Comparing EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero

Use this comparison chart to help you decide which free citation management tool best fits your needs. We also recommend consulting your instructor or research partners to see which tool they prefer or are already using, since these tools often involve collaborating with others. If you don't have a preference, Zotero is a great choice!

Software Features EndNote Basic Mendeley Zotero
Developer Clarivate Analytics Elsevier Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Platform Browser Desktop app, browser Desktop app, browser
Reference Storage 50,000 Unlimited Unlimited
Attachment Storage 2 GB - additional for $ 2 GB - additional for $ 300 MB - additional for $
Share in Public Groups No Yes Yes
Share in Private Groups Yes Yes Yes
Citation Import Method Direct from Ebsco databases, browser extension, or manually Browser extension, by DOI or ISBN, or manually Browser extension, by DOI or ISBN, or manually
Creates Bibliographies Yes Yes Yes
Cite While You Write Feature Yes Yes Yes
Annotate PDF Yes Yes No
Open Source No No Yes
Paid Version Available Yes Yes Yes
Sync between Web / Desktop No Yes Yes
Accessible No Yes Yes
Tagging Yes Yes Yes
Word Processor Plugin MS Word, Open Office MS Word, Open Office, LibreOffice MS Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, NeoOffice, Google Docs
Work Offline Yes Yes Yes

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