Citation Management Tools are bibliographic tools that allow you to save, sort, share and cite your resources. The ones listed here are all free online resources selected by the librarians.You can read more about them and how to create an account by selecting the tabs above. If you aren't sure which one to use, see the chart below.
|Free with 1GB of web space (500 MB personal & 500 MB shared.)||Free with 100 MB of back-up storage.|
|Operating System & Browsers||
Macintosh, Windows, Linux
Works in: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari
Has a Save to Mendeley button you can add to your bookmarks toolbar
Macintosh, Windows, Linux
Works in: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera
Firefox has a Zotero for Firefox extension.
Zotero Standalone works with Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera using something called connectors.
Zotero also has a bookmarklet you can download on any browser though this is more limited than those listed above.
|Do I have to be online?||No.||No.|
|How does it work?||You export references from compatible databases. Mendeley will also retrieve metadata for pdfs that are brought in.With a web browser plug-in, you can import web sources as well.||You can download the standalone product or use the add-on for Firefox. The add-on can tell when you are looking at an item and shows an icon for it in the Firefox URL bar. Click the icon to add the item to your Zotero references.|
|What word processors does it work with?||Windows Word 2003, 2007, 2010 or
Mac Word 2008, 2011 or
OpenOffice 3.2 or
|MS Word, Open Office, Google Docs|
|Works on a mobie device||Yes. Free app for iPhone and iPad, or check yourMendeley library on your mobile device's web browser.||Yes. 3rd-party apps available (www.zotero.org/support/mobile), or check your Zotero collection on your mobile device's web browser.|
|Storage Capacity||Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 1 GB free Mendeley web space||Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 100MB free Zotero file syncing|
|What kinds of records can you import and organize (PDFs, images, etc.)?||You can import bibliographic citations and PDFs. Can also manually add citations||Books, articles, patents, and webpages; Can also store PDFs, web screenshots, files, and images in records. You can make PDFs searchable by choosing to index them in the preferences menu.|
|Search the full text of PDFs||Yes.||Yes.|
|Create libraries for a group to share with others||Users can set up groups to share references. Users can decide whether or not to make their library viewable by others. Collaboration is limited to 3 users.||
Users can set up individual and group profiles and share records.
Unlimited number of collaborators per collection.
|Create a bibiliography with various citation styles||Yes, it has many citation styles and formats available.||Yes, it has many citation styles and formats available.|
|Quick to learn. Pretty simple interface||Quick to learn; simple design, many online user guides and demos|
|After you leave the college||As long as it exists, you will have your account and information.||As long as it exists, you will have your account and information.|
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