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Manage Citations with Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and EndNote

Provides guidance on how to use choose a citation management program and how-to use various citation management programs.

Choosing a Citation Manager for Groups and Labs

The following citation management programs are supported by the University Library and provide the same basic features and functionality with some exceptions.  Considerations for groups, labs, and other collaborating:

 

How many people will be contributing information?

Will you be accessing this information on multiple computers or locations?

Will you be sharing PDFs and other documents?

Will you be using the program to format a paper?

Do you have funding to pay for software or upgraded features?

If you need to…

Best options…

More information…

…archive web pages and import citations from government sites, blogs, and social media

Zotero

Mendeley

Papers2

Zotero and Mendeley allow you to save snapshots of web pages and annotate them.  Papers2 has a bookmarklet that saves data from web sites.

…annotate and index PDF files

Mendeley

EndNote X6

Papers2

These programs have built-in PDF reader/annotators.

…extract citation data from PDFs

Mendeley

Papers2

EndNote X6

Zotero

Mendeley and Paper2 automatically extract citation date from PDFs.  EndNote and Zotero have citation extraction features available.

…use mobile capabilities

Papers2

Mendeley

RefWorks

Zotero

 

EndNote Web

 

App for iPhone or iPad

App for iPhone or iPad

Mobile website

3rd party apps available at www.zotero.org/support/mobile

Mobile website

…manage and caption many images

EndNote

EndNote has several image reference types and can insert images and captions into word processing programs.