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
|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|
(only by email)
|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|