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Managing Your Citations: An Overview of Citation Managers: Citation Managers Comparison

Chart of Citation Management Solutions

 

RefWorks

EndNote

EndNote Web (Basic/Online)

Mendeley

EasyBib

Zotero

 Colwiz

 RefME

Web Based

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Yes*

 Yes, MLA  only

 Yes*

 Yes

 Yes*

Must be online to use

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 No

 No

 Yes

Cost

 $$

 Free for  TTU, library  resource

 Free 

 Free**

 Free**

 Free**

 Free

 Free**

Import from online databases

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes***

 No

 Yes

 Yes,  w/desktop

 Yes

Import citation info from web pages

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

Interacts with TTU SFX^ link for full text

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 No

 No

 Yes

 No

 No

Importing from computer folder

 No

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Yes

 No, file only

Create bibliographies

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

In-text references

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes, with  upgrade

Tag items for discussion

 No

 No

 No

 Yes

 No

 Yes, in shared  collections

 Yes

 Yes, use  notes field

Collaborate

 Yes

 Yes, with up  to 14  others

 Yes 

 Yes, free up to 3  members in  basic account

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes, but  allows  access to  whole  account not  a single  project

Storage

 Yes, 5G per  person

 Yes, local  storage

 Yes, 50,00  refs., cloud  based

 Yes 2G per  person 

 No

 Yes, 100 MG,  cloud based

 Yes 2G per person

 Yes, does  not state  amount

Syncing features

 n/a

 Sync with  EndNote  Basic

 Sync with  EndNote

 Sync library  with multiple  computers

 Sync with  Zotero library

 n/a

 Sync library  with multiple  computers

 Sync library  with multiple  devices

 Sync library  with App  and web

Desktop/Mobile

 Windows,  Mac

 Windows,  Mac, iOS 7

 Windows,  Mac, iOS 7

 Windows, Mac,  Linux, iOS,  Android

 n/a

 Windows,  Mac, Linux,  iOS, Android

 Windows,  Mac, Linux,  iOS, Android

 Window,  Mac, iOS,  Andriod

Plug-in for Browser

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Yes

 Chrome  only

Help/ Assistance/ Support

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 

*Mendeley and Zotero both have a local client application that syncs data accessible on the web. To add citations you must use an Add-on to your browser. 

**Free to use but to get more features you can upgrade account which costs.

***Mendeley allows information from web pages to be imported or you can download a PDF and import the PDF into Mendeley's local client.

^TTU SFX has been retired and are working on get new tool up and running. Will update row once new tool is in place.