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Compare Citation Managers

Comparison of citation managers

  

Zotero

EndNote

Refworks

Website

www.zotero.org

X7 — endnote.com

Web — myendnoteweb.com

www.refworks.com

Video Tutorials

Quick Start Guide

Get Started

Introduction

Cost

Free

EndNote X7 : 250 – 300$ US

EndNote Web : Free[1]

100$ US/year

Language(s)

English, French, etc…

English

English, French, etc…

Compatible with PC and/or Mac?

PC and Mac

PC and Mac

PC and Mac

Compatible with cell phones and/or tablets?

Yes – free third-party apps available

Yes – iOS app available (3.99$ US)

Yes – free RefMobile website

Space

300 MB online;
unlimited through local installation

2 GB via EndNote Web;
unlimited through local installation

5 GB

Install/Usage Options

Online (via Firefox[2]) and local installation (Standalone version)

Online (Web version) or local installation (X7 version)

Online

Importing References

You can import references by installing a plug-in in Firefox. References may also be imported manually using RIS or other files

Direct export available from several databases. Databases. References may also be imported manually using RIS or other files

Direct export available from several databases. Databases. References may also be imported manually using RIS, text or other files

Uploading PDF Files

PDFs added automatically, when possible

PDFs must be added manually or using the Find Full Text option

PDFs must be added manually

Annotating PDFs

No, unless additional plug-ins are installed

Yes

Yes

Ability to Search the Text of PDF Documents

Yes (must be enabled)

Yes

No

Ability to Extract Bibliographic Information from PDF Documents

Yes

Yes

No

Ability to Extract Bibliographic Information from Webpages

Yes

Yes

Yes, if the RefGrab-It plug-in is installed

Compatible with Word-processing Software?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reference Sharing

Yes – with private or public groups

Yes – with EndNote Web

Yes – with private or public groups

Citation Styles

Style modification options not very user-friendly – requires knowledge of HTML

Style modifications simple to input. Limited number of citation styles available in EndNote Web.

Style modifications simple to input.


[1] Endnote Web (also called EndNote Basic) is accessible online (including through the database Web of Science). See the following link for a comparison of EndNote X7 and Endnote Web.

[2] The online version of Zotero must be updated alongside any Firefox browser updates.

We would like to thank the Service des bibliothèques et archives of the Université de Sherbrooke for permitting us to adapt their model and content created by their librarians for this document.