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Manage Your Sources: Compare Citation Managers

Citation Managers Comparison Chart

 

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

Feature

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote Web

Proquest Flow*

*in Beta

Cost

Free Basic Account

Cost for additional storage.

Free Basic Account

Cost for additional storage.

Free

Free Personal Account with Institutional Email

Website

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote Web

Proquest Flow

Support

Zotero Documentation

Mendeley Support

EndNote Online

Online Community Support

Web based?

Yes, works with Firefox browser and can sync with online account; connectors for Chrome and Safari available

Not primarily. But syncs with an online account that you can edit.

Yes

Yes

Can I work on Multiple computers?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can I work without an internet connection?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Can I work on a group project or share citations?

Yes

Yes (up to 3 collaborators)

Yes

Yes (up to 10 collaborators)

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)

ProQuest Flow Add-on for Google Docs

Import from databases

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import from web pages

Yes

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

Yes (with Web Capture tool)

Yes (with Save to Flow tool)

Import PDF metadata

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

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

2GB web attachment storage

Attach files (i.e. PDFs)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Create a bibliography

Yes

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)

3400+

3000+

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

Cannot edit or create citation styles

Uncertain how long product will remain free