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Reference Management: What Works for You?

Using a reference management tool enables you to import references from online databases, organize your research, and automatically format papers and bibliographies.

Reference Manager Comparison

  EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Software-based vs. Web-based Both software and web-based versions available, to use premium features, software is required Both software and web-based Software based
Access Desktop & Web Desktop & Web Library is accessible on the web, however not all functions are available
Cost Software purchase required. EndNote x8 can be purchased through the Academic Support Center for a discounted price of $50 Free Free
Automatic Upgrades No, newer versions can be purchased through Academic Support Center. Yes Yes
Bibliographic Output Styles 5000+ 5000+  available, however many require a free download before use 5000+  available, however many require a free download before use
Sharing & Collaborating  Yes Yes Yes
Auto-Create References Based on Full-Text Articles Yes Yes No
Full Text Linking via Open URL/Find It Service Yes, but requires initial configuration. See Levy Library EndNote Guide for settings No Available on Zotero for Firefox
Direct Import from Major Databases  Yes Yes Yes
Attach Files to References Yes - PDFs, images, etc. Yes - PDFs, images, etc. Yes - PDFs, images, etc.
Storage Size Unlimited 2 GB of storage are free. Paid options available for more storage. 300 MB of storage are free. Paid options available for more storage.
Microsoft Word Plug-In Yes Yes Yes