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.
|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 www.endnote.com.||Register for free account at www.myendnoteweb.com.|
|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|