Manage Citations with Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote  

This guide provides an overview of several citation management tools, as well as information on print and online citation resources.
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What is a Citation Management Tool?

Citation management tools allow you to download citations from various websites and databases, electronically store and organize the citations, and format the citations for your paper and bibliography.  Some citation management tools also make it easy to share references with other researchers.

There are a variety of citation management tools. This guide provides information about the tools on which the PSU Library can provide support:

 

Click here to watch a recorded (previously live) webinar on Zotero and Mendeley.

In addition to citation management software, there are free online citation generators that allow you to enter information from your resource (e.g. journal article, web page, book), the generator creates a citation for the resource which you are then able to copy and paste into your document.

 

Comparing Citation Management Tools

The table below describes many of the features of these citation management tools. For a comparison of Zotero and Mendeley, watch this video.

 

Endnote EndNote Web Zotero Mendeley

Pros

Copes very well with a large library

Large number of citation styles

Journal abbreviation recognition

Works very well with Web of Science/Web of Knowledge

Free while you're at PSU.

Add citations (and sometimes also attached articles and page snapshots) from the Web, library catalogs and databases at the click of a button.

iPhone/Android apps

Nested folders

Free access independent of the library (you can use it forever)

Collaborative PDF annotation

iPhone/iPad interface

Social networking

Free access independent of the library (you can use it forever)

Cons

Not compatible with Linux

Desktop only

Costs money

Word processor plugin not compatible with Linux

Procedures differ for each database for exporting citations from each database and importing into EndNote Web.

Can only use it while you're at PSU.

Not compatible with Internet Explorer

The desktop application is still in Beta, so it still works best with Firefox

The web bookmarklet doesn't always work for pulling in citations for database content

Who can use it?

Must purchase a license PSU students, faculty and staff Anyone Anyone
How do I access it? On your desktop (can be synced with EndNote Web Web access (can be synced with EndNote) Web extension for Firefox, desktop program if you use other browsers (with connections to Safari and Chrome) Desktop program with browser bookmarklet
Can I attach articles to my references? Yes (PDF, Word Doc, PPt, etc.) Yes (links to attachments) Yes (PDF, Word doc, PPT, etc.) Yes (PDF, Word doc, PPt, etc.)

Can I use it to cite sources in my document?

Yes (Cite while you Write plugin for Word, Open Office and Mathematica) Yes (Cite while you Write plugin for Word, Open Office and Mathematica) Yes (plugins for Word and Open Office) Yes (plugins for Word and Open Office)
Can I capture citation info from PDFs and Web pages?

Yes (PDF)

No (Web pages)

Yes (Web plugin for Firefox) Yes Yes (Web importer)
Captures web page snapshots? No No Yes Yes (Web importer)
Collaboration? Via EndNote Web Share references with groups Share references with groups

Share references and notes with groups

Academic social network

Search across papers? No No Yes

Yes

Annotation? Notes in the record, not the document Notes in the record, not the document Notes in the record, highlighting and annotation of web snapshots

Highlighting and annotation of PDF documents

Free web storage space for records and attached documents? N/A Only storage for 10,000 records 1GB web storage (for-pay options for additional storage)

100 MB web storage (for-pay options for additional storage)

 

Benefits of Citation Tools

Citation managment tools allow you to:

  • build a database of your references.
  • attach articles to references so that all your research is in one place.
  • store notes with references.
  • search references
  • cite your sources in your paper with a touch of a button.
  • automatically build your bibliograhy (also called works cited/reference list).
  • easily change your citation style if needed(e.g. APA to MLA, Chicago, etc).

Citation generators allow you to:

  • create a citation and biblographic reference that you can copy and paste into your document.

 NOTE: Citation generators do not save your references.

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Content on this page was adapted/borrowed from Kim Glover at the University of Kansas.