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Citation Tools Comparison

A guide to assist the McNair Scholars with their literature Review

Basics

  Zotero
Zotero
Mendeley
Mendeley
EndNote
EndNote
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

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; Institutional account web-based only, with no export option

Expensive
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Help Contacts

steven.runge@bc.edu

chris.strauber@bc.edu

sarah.barbrow@bc.edu

enid.karr@bc.edu

enid.karr@bc.edu

sarah.barbrow@bc.edu

Core Functions

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Zotero
Mendeley
Mendeley
EndNote
EndNote
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