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Which citation manager is best for you? The links and table below can help you decide, but here are a few other questions to consider.

  • What do your colleagues use? You will have someone to turn to for help.
  • Is ease of use all important? Zotero is a bit easier to use.
  • Is cost critical? Zotero is free (mostly).
  • Do you save PDFs for every reference? Zotero can automatically download PDFs when available.
  • Is managing website important? Zotero excels at this.
  • Is full functionality important? EndNote is more powerful and customizable.
  • Do you plan to spend many years in academia? EndNote is best for large reference collections.
  • Are journal abbreviations used in your preferred citation style(s)? EndNote handles this best.

Comparisons by other universities
      EndNote vs. RefWorks vs. Zotero Vs. Mendeley (UC Berkeley)
     EndNote vs. RefWorks vs. Zotero vs. Mendeley (MIT) 

Feature EndNote EndNote Web Zotero
Format Desktop software for PC and Mac Web-based Web-based Firebox plug-in
Cost Students $120, Faculty $180, Others $260 Free with 2 GB free online file storage. More file storage comes with purchase of software. Free with 300 MB free online file storage. More file storage starts at $20/year.
How to get it Purchase online or at AU Bookstore. Download free 30 day trial from Register for free account at

Ease of use Moderate learning curve, especially for advanced features Easier than EndNote Fairly easy to learn
Word processors Word and Open Office Word Word and Open Office
Attach PDFs? Yes Not on the free version Yes
Share references? No Yes Yes

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