DHA 726: Applied Leadership: Citation Managers

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Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools allow you to download citations from various websites and databases, then store and organize the citations electronically, These tools allow you to format references in the appropriate citation style (APA, MLA, etc.), and some citation management tools even allow you to share references with other researchers.

Citation management tools allow you to:

  • create and manage a database of your references
  • attach documents so that all your research is in one place
  • search and store notes with your references
  • build a bibliography for your paper (also called works cited list or reference list)

This guide will help you determine which citation management tool is right for you!

How to Choose a Citation Manager

I need to:

Select:

Why:

…work from multiple computers or locations.

Zotero

Mendeley

 

Zotero saves your citation library to your local computer, but syncs with multiple computers so you can work from home, work, or school.  Mendeley is a program that lives on your local computer, but syncs with a web account.

 

…work without an Internet connection.

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote

Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote store your citation libraries locally on your computer.

…save web pages and import citations from sites such as Amazon or Flickr.

Zotero

 

Zotero allows you to easily save snapshots of web pages and annotate them within your citation library.

 

…collaborate on group project or share my citations with others.

Zotero

Mendeley

Zotero allows you to share your citations through shared folders -- you can give individuals or groups permissions to add and edit the citations in the shared folder.  Mendeley allows you to share citations and documents with a group of up to 2 other users, or create a public reading list that is open to all.

 

Adapted from Pennsylvania State University Libraries: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/choose_citation_mgr.html

Citation Manager Comparison Chart

Criteria

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote Basic

Web based?

Yes, works with Firefox; connectors for Chrome & Safari available

Not primarily, but can sync with online account

Yes

Must be online?

No

No

No

Word Processing compatibility?

MS Word, Open Office, Google Docs

MS Word, Open Office,LaTex

MS Word

Import from databases?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import citation info from web pages?

Yes,also archives pages and allows annotation

Yes, with bookmarks for select sites

Yes, with Web Capture tool

Storage capacity?

Unlimited local storage & data syncing; 100MB free Zotero file syncing, larger storage available for purchase

Unlimited local storage & data cyncing; 1GB personal and 100MB shared online space, larger storage available for purchase

Limited to 10,000 citations

Cost?

Free basic account; additional cost for increased online storage

Free basic account; additional cost for increased online storage

Free to CMU users

Attach files?

Yes, option to attached automatically

Yes, with highlighting and annotating

Yes, with highlighting and annotating

Search full text of PDFs?

Yes

Yes

No

Create groups or shared libraries?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Create bibliography in different styles?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic citation extraction from PDFs?

Yes

Yes

No

Works on a mobile device?

Yes, Zotero mobile apps for iOS and Android

Yes, Mendeley Lite available free from iTunes app store

Yes, limited functionality in EndNote Basic Mobile

Other features?

Sync library to multiple computers; use tags to organize/search

Sync library to multiple computers; sync with Zotero library

 

Adapted from Pennsylvania State University Libraries: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/choose_citation_mgr.html

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