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Citation and Research Management Tools: Home

An information resource on citation and reference management tools

Citation Managers

Citation / Research Management Tools:

Click the following link for: Quick Citation Tools

Comparing EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero by Virginia S. Cowen, PhD

About this Guide: Start Here

These are the most commonly used citation and research management tools. The links on the left and gold tabs above go to detailed pages in this guide. Each page includes support links for assistance.



  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • 30MB of storage (more for a fee)
  • Great for creating bibliographies in Word or OpenOffice
  • Firefox plugin or desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Web browser import button 


  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • Can store up to 2GB of article PDFs (more for a fee)
  • Emphasizes sharing: Social networking meets citation management
  • Share citations, notes, and annotations
  • On the Web and desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad)
  • Web browser import button



  • Proprietary (approx $110-300)
  • For Windows or Mac
  • Organizes citations, take notes, and format references in Word.
  • Store article PDFs and Figures
  • Automatic PDF import and full text retrieval
  • Integrates well with Web of Science
  • Includes EndNote Web access for sharing




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