How do you choose the best citation management software? There are many factors to consider, such as:
We've put together a comparison chart below to help you identify the different features available and figure out the best option for you.
|Cost||Free||Free||Free||$165 at UVic Bookstore||Reference manager included with Word|
|License||Open Source||Closed Source||Closed Source||Closed Source||Closed Source|
Where do I get it?
|zotero.org||mendeley.com||Endnote Website||UVic Bookstore||Free at Office 365 for Students|
|How much free online storage does it come with?||300MB (can purchase more)||2GB (can purchase more)||2GB for files (up to 50,000 references)||Unlimited||n/a|
|Desktop or browser based?||Desktop & web application for syncing||Desktop & web application for syncing||Browser only||Desktop with web application for syncing||Desktop|
Can it capture citations from web?
|Yes||Yes||Through a bookmarklet or 9 predefined databases||Through a bookmarklet or 6000 predefined databases||No|
|What word processing programs does it work with||Natively: Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs; can use RTF scan for other programs||Microsoft Word using "Mendeley Cite"||Microsoft Word using "Cite While You Write"||Microsoft Word using "Cite While You Write"||Word|
|Can I use it on my mobile device?||Yes, limited use through a basic web interface||Yes, iOS, Android & web interface||Yes, iOS & web interface||iOS app with Endnote Online Account||No|
|Can I collaborate with others?||Yes, through private or public group libraries on cloud||Yes, through private or public group libraries on cloud.||Yes, you can share group library||Yes, you can share groups library or share entire library with up to 100 people who are using Endnote X9, X8, X7||No|
|Can I share PDFs and other notes?||Yes, through private groups||Yes, through private groups||No, only citations||Only with other people running the paid desktop versions of X7, X8, or X9 (100 person limit)||No|
|Does it store PDFs?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Does it have open source plugins for added functionality?||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|How many citation styles are supported?||Unlimited (through community repository & you can build your own styles)||Unlimited (through citation style repository)||Top 21 styles||More than 7,000 & user can add more.||12 (but you can customize XML file for more)|
|Where is my data stored?||Desktop; Cloud (if you sync)||Desktop; Cloud (if you sync)||Cloud||Desktop; Cloud (if you sync)||Desktop|
|Can I sync across multiple devices?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|URL for download or use||Zotero Website||Mendeley Website||My Endnote Web||n/a|
|Where can I find
|Zotero Support||Mendeley Support||Endnote Support||Office Support|
|Do the libraries offer workshops?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||n/a|