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Citation management at UVic: Managing your references

Citation management software tools guide

What's the best citation management software for me?

So, how do you pick the best citation management software for you? There are many factors to consider. If you're an undergraduate student, you might be looking for the fastest and easiest option -- something that doesn't take long to learn and lets you grab citations and produce bibliographies easily -- and it needs to be free or cheap.

If you're a graduate student or a faculty member, you might have different considerations: the software needs to work well with the databases you frequently use; it must be able to organise and filter a large number of citations, and it should be able to produce a bibliography using the primary style in your discipline. If you're working on a research team, you'll also want to make sure the software allows you to collaborate smoothly with colleagues.

We've put together a comparison chart below to help you identify the different features available and figure out the best option for you.

Compare Features

  Zotero Endnote
Web
Endnote
Desktop
Mendeley MS
Word
Papers
Looks
like:
Video Video Video Video Video Video
Cost: Free Free $120 Free Comes
with
Word
$49 for
students
How to
get it:
Create
account
Create
account

(or use
existing
Web of
Science
account)
Buy at
UVic
Bookstore
Create
account
Reference
tab in Word
Buy
online
How it
works:
Web-based
or desktop
client
Web-based Desktop
client
Desktop
client
Desktop
client
Desktop
client
Mobile
compatible:

3rd Party
apps available;

Mobile-friendly
website

iOS App

Mobile-friendly
website

iOS App

Mobile-friendly
website
(must set
desktop account
to sync with web)

iOS App

Android
App

iOS App

Android
App

iOS App
Data is
stored:
On your
computer;
Cloud, if you use
browser add-on
In the cloud
(online)
On your
computer
On your
computer;
Cloud, if you use
browser add-on
On your
computer
In the cloud
(online)
Can I
collaborate
with others:
Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Yes
Where to
get help:
Zotero Guide Endnote Web
Guide
Endnote Training
Videos
Mendeley
Guides
"Help" tab
in Word
Papers
Support