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Citing Sources & Creating Bibliographies

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Automate Citations

Citation Management Tools Compared

login/download RefWorks Zotero EndNote Mendeley
owner ProQuest open source
(developed by CHNM)
Thomson Reuters Elsevier
availability no cost, BC-wide license
(including alumni, long as BC maintains subscription)
free (upgrade fee for additional backup storage) individuals, labs, or depts pay cost directly free (upgrade fee for additional features)
form factor website browser plugin
(Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
desktop program & website desktop program & website
community strength multi-disciplinary high humanities high sciences high sciences
MS Word plugin yes yes yes yes
mange PDF’s as well as citations yes, but limited yes yes yes
collaborative group libraries no yes yes yes
backup none needed, web-based sync via free web account sync desktop program & website sync desktop program & website
support @ BC BC Librarians and vendor BC Librarians and user community BC Librarians, limited BC Librarians, limited
key strengths web-based; robust support one-click import from traditional (catalog, databases) and non-traditional (news, blogs, amazon, etc) websites highly accepted by some faculty, labs, and disciplines robust pdf organizer; web community offers large crowd-sourced citation database for discovery of new articles and metrics about influence 
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