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Manage Citations with Mendeley and Zotero: Home

Online tools to help you store, organize, share and cite your resources.

Overview

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.

Comparison Chart:

Features:     Mendeley                               Zotero                                             

Cost

Free with 2GB of web space (500 MB personal & 500 MB shared.) Free with 300 MB of back-up storage.          
Operating System & Browsers

MacOS, Windows 7 or later, Linux (64-bit)

Uses Web Importer for all major browsers

Support & Help Information

Macintosh, Windows, & Linux (32-bit and 64-bit)

Works in: Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, and Safari using Zotero Connector add-on

Zotero 5.0 for Desktop works with Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera using something called connectors. 

Support Documentation

How does it work? A desktop program that also has a web component and mobile app. Download on as many computers as you want. Download Zotero 5.0 for Desktop and use the add-on for your browser. You can cite directly into shared Google docs.
What word processors does it work with? Mendeley Cite Add-on for Microsoft Word MS Word Plugin, LibreOffice Plugin, works with Google Docs
Strengths
  • Great for managing PDFs
  • Has a social aspect. Can see what other users are reading and citing. Find other members with common research interests.
  • Very good for collaborative work
  • Has a good PDF reader that enables highlighting and annotation
  • Drag & Drop options for PDFs
  • Sync your library across all platforms
  • Apple and Android apps
  • Offers most functionality in a free, open-source product
  • You can sync multiple computers
  • Has a social aspect. Can see what other users are reading and citing. Find other members with common research interests.
  • Cites YouTube, Flickr, web pages, & blogs.
  • You can write notes, attached to or separate from your citations.
  • Drag & drop option for PDFs.
Works on a mobile device Mobile apps for iOS and Android are available. Yes. 3rd-party apps available (www.zotero.org/support/mobile) for both iOS and Android. iOS app is in beta testing.
Storage Capacity Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 2 GB free Mendeley web space  Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 300MB 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.
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. You can search researcher profiles to connect within the Mendeley community.

Users can set up individual and group profiles and share records. You can search researcher profiles to connect within the Zotero community. You can join public or private groups. Shared Google Doc citation features.

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. 
Duplicate detection Yes.  Yes. 

 

Learning Curve

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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