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Citation Management Tools: Citation Management Tool Comparison

Citation Management Comparison Chart

Refworks/Zotero/EndNote Features Comparison

Choosing which citation management tool can be overwhelming, but identifying which features are most important for you can help make the process more straightforward. Use the chart below to compare tools, and don't be afraid to test multiple options before making your decision. See Wikipedia's Comparison of Reference Management Software for an exhaustive list of software.

 

 

 


 RefWorks

 

 

Zotero

 

EndNote

 

EndNote Web

Strengths

RSS feed reader;Direct database exports

Open source; Firefox, Chrome, Safari; extension; user forum

Flexible organization tools; sharing capabilities Intuitive web interface; can be used on any computer

Cost

Free for Texas State University students, staff, faculty until December 31, 2020. Not available for individual purchase.

Basic service free; more features & storage for a fee

Free for Texas State University students, staff, faculty Free for Texas State University students, staff, faculty

Formats/Access Points

web, mobile site

web, desktop, mobile apps, Firefox extension

desktop (synced to online account), mobile

web, mobile

Mobile

website is mobile-friendly; no mobile app

iPhone and Android apps

iOS app  iOS app

MS Word Integration

Yes

Yes

Yes  Yes

PDF Annotation

No

Not Quite.

Yes  No

Full Text PDF search

No

Yes

Yes  No

Bookmarklets/Importing from Databases

Yes

Yes

Yes  Yes

Tagging

Yes Yes No No

Social Networking

 No

Yes No No

Groups & Collaboration

Users can share folders or databases with databases Free accounts allowed private groups and public groups    EndNote Desktop users can share Groups and Libraries with others EndNote Web users can share Groups with others

Store PDFs in Personal “Library”

Yes

Yes

Yes  Yes

Storage

Unlimited

100 MB free web space

Unlimited Unlimited (when synced with EndNote Desktop)

RSS Feeds

Yes; Feed Reader & RefShare Feed capabilities

Yes

No No

Open source or Proprietary?

Proprietary; ProQuest

   Open Source

Proprietary; Clarivate Proprietary; Clarivate