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 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
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.
|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|
|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.|
|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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