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Citation: Citation Management

What is a citation manager?

A citation manager is a tool that you can download or use in your browser. Citation managers allow you to:

  • Organize and store your citations
  • Easily generate bibliographies in the citation style of your choice
  • Generate in-text citations in Word
  • Share your references with your peers

 

There are many different citation managers available. To view features of some of the more popular options, see the Comparison of Citation Managers chart. To see more information about each of these citation managers, click on the tabs above.

Comparison of Citation Managers

  EndNote Basic EndNote X7 Mendeley Zotero
Cost Free

Requires purchase by user, research group, or department but available for free through UOIT.

Free Free
Method of access Online at www.myendnoteweb.com and through Web of Science If not pre-loaded on your university-issued laptop, contact IT (servicedesk@dc-uoit.ca or
905-721-3333, option 1) to get it downloaded.
Online at www.mendeley.com Online at www.zotero.org
Operating systems Web-based (independent of OS) Windows and Mac Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Storage 50,000 records with 2 GB of free web storage 999,999 records with unlimited amount of web storage 2 GB of free web storage, additional costs for more storage, unlimited through desktop application 300 MB of free web storage, additional costs for more storage, unlimited on desktop version
Word processor integration Yes (Microsoft Office) Yes (Microsoft Office) Yes (Microsoft Office and Open/Libre Office) Yes (Microsoft Office and Open/Libre Office)
Sharing and collaborating Can only share references with other EndNote users Can only share references with other EndNote users

Can create public and private groups

Publicly share references (with limitations)

Synchronization of collections across devices

Can create public and private groups

Publicly share references (with limitations)

Synchronization of collections across devices

Adding notes to references Yes Yes Yes Yes (can be stand alone or attached to references)
Annotating PDFs No Yes Yes No, but will sync PDFs annotated through third party software
Direct export from databases Yes (through certain databases) Yes Yes (via toolbar) Yes (automatically detected through browser)
Direct export to other citation managers Can export to: BibTeX, Tab Delimited Can export to: BibTeX, Tab Delimited, RIS, Refer export Can export to: BibTeX, RIS Can export to: BibTeX, RIS, Refer/BibIX, Bibliontology, MODS, and more
Mobile device applications No iPad, web interface iPad, iPhone, 3rd party Android apps, web interface 3rd party IOS and Android apps, web interface
Screen capture of web page content No No Yes Yes
Other

UOIT supported

Thomson Reuters product

Access provided through Web of Science subscription (gives additional bibliographic styles, automatically detects Web of Science data and links)

UOIT supported

Thomson Reuters product

Elsevier product

Open source

Doesn't work with Internet Explorer

Very established support community