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Citation Managers Comparison Chart

 

Compare citation managers to pick the one that is best for you.

Feature

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote Web

Cost

Free Basic Account

Cost for additional storage. (Currently unavailable)

Free Basic Account

Cost for additional storage.

Free

Website

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote Web

Support

Zotero Documentation

Mendeley Support

EndNote Online

Web based?

Must download and install software.  Connectors for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers available

Must download and install software.  Connectors for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers available

Yes, supports Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.

Can I work on Multiple computers?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can I work without an internet connection?

Yes

Yes

No

Can I work on a group project or share citations?

Yes

Yes (up to 3 collaborators)

Yes

Word-processor compatibility

MS Word plugin (Win/Mac)

Open/Libre Office plugin (Win/Mac/Linux)

Google docs (when using Firefox plugin)

MS Word plugin (Win/Mac)

Open/Libre Office plugin

(Win/Mac/Linux)

MS Word plugin (Win/Mac)

Import from databases

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import from web pages

Yes

Yes (with a bookmark for a limited number of sites)

Yes (with Web Capture tool)

Import PDF metadata

Yes

Yes

No

Storage capacity

Unlimited on desktop (restricted by local storage capacity);

300MB web attachment storage. Low cost to upgrade storage, see Zotero storage plans.

Unlimited on desktop (restricted by local storage capacity); 2GB web attachment storage

2GB web attachment storage, 50 000 references

Attach files (i.e. PDFs)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Create a bibliography

Yes

Yes

Yes

Number of Citation Styles

7000+ (selected default styles installed, more styles can be found in the Zotero Style Repository)

7000+ (selected default styles installed, more styles can be found at CitationStyles.org)

Limited to the 21 most popular citation styles, including MLA and APA

Cannot edit or create citation styles

Other Information

Can only edit citations through Citation Style Editor

Does not work well with Web of Science or CINAHL

Best option for systematic reviews

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