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APA Style Guide 6th Edition

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Citation Tools

Basics

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EndNote
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Cost Free ($ for more cloud storage) Free for basic edition Cost paid by individuals, labs, or departments
Access Desktop app,  browser plugin, & web account

Desktop app & web account

Desktop app & web interface

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Core Functions

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Adding References
  • Import via browser plugin from library catalog, databases, web, or via doi
  • Import bibliographic files
  • Auto-retrieval from pdf files
  • Import via browser plugin from library catalog, databases, web.
  • Import bibliographic files.
  • Auto-retrieval from pdf files
  • Import from catalog & databases; reference capture from web 
  • Import bibliographic files
  • Auto-retrieval from pdf files
Creating citations
and bibliography

Add via plugins to

  • MS Word
  • Google Docs
  • LibreOffice

Add via plugins to

  •  MS Word
  • OpenOffice

Add via Cite-While-you-Write to

  • MS Word
  • OpenOffice
Collaborating
  • Share group libraries via syncing or online
  • Public or private
  • Shared groups for citations
  • Limited sharing for pdf's
  • Share library with up to 100 other EndNote desktop users
Storage
  • Desktop: unlimited
  • Cloud: 300mb free, more for fee
  • Desktop: Unlimited
  • Cloud: 2GB free, more for fee
  • Unlimited

Strengths & Weaknesses

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Key Strengths
  • Open Source
  • Robust notes
  • Public folder sharing
  • Robust pdf organizer + pdf annotation
  • Crowd-sourced citation database
  • Influence metrics
  • Comprehensive styles
  • pdf annotation
  • Unlimited file storage
Disadvantages
  • Support limited to online documentation & user groups
  • Limited storage
  • Recently bought by Elsevier
  • Institutional account web-based only, with no export option
  • $$$