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Citation Managers Comparison Chart

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

Feature

Zotero

Mendeley

Cost

Free Basic Account

Cost for additional storage.

Free Basic Account

Cost for additional storage.

Website

Zotero

Mendeley

Support

Zotero Documentation

Mendeley Support

Web based?

Web and/or desktop applications available. Connectors for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers available.

Web and/or desktop applications available. Connectors for Chrome and Firefox browsers available.

Can I work on multiple computers?

Yes

Yes

Can I work without an internet connection?

Yes

Yes

Can I work on a group project or share citations?

Yes

Yes (up to 3 collaborators)

Word-processor compatibility

MS Word plugin (Win/Mac)

Libre Office plugin (Win/Mac/Linux)

Google Docs (when using Firefox or Chrome plugin)

MS Word plugin (Win/Mac)

Libre Office plugin (Win/Mac/Linux)

Mendeley Cite MS Word add-in (Win/Mac/iPad)

Import from databases

Yes

Yes

Import from web pages

Yes

Yes

Import PDF metadata

Yes

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.

Attach files (i.e. PDFs)

Yes

Yes

Create a bibliography

Yes

Yes

Number of citation styles

8000+ (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)

Other information

Can edit citations through Citation Style Editor

 

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