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Citation Management Tools: Citation Manager Comparison

Citation Manager Comparison

To assist you in choosing the best citation or reference managment tool for your research needs, this chart presents a comparison of the main features of four citation or reference manager tools.


Easy Bib EndNote desktop EndNote Online Classic Zotero
Browser Compatibility N/A N/A N/A Firefox, Safari and Chrome
Web-based Yes No Yes Yes
Sharing/Collaboration Download to Word, share files With other EndNote users With other EndNote users Easy
Learning Curve Low Medium-High Medium-Low Medium
Direct Import No Yes Yes Yes
Integration with Word Yes Yes Yes Yes
Document Storage No Yes No Yes
Output Styles Only MLA free 1000 plus 1000 plus 15 official, 1200 user created
Other Features Citation auto-generator for all formats except journal articles Unlimited storage.  Stores attachments, pdfs, tables, figures, and equations. Auto entry term list. Many source types. Can be integrated with EndNote desktop Automatically stores pdfs and website snapshots.  Automatically generates webpage citations. Citation added in one click.
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Mendeley/EndNote/Zotero Features Comparison
     UW-Madison Libraries

Comparison of reference management software
     From Wikipedia; compares over 20 different citation managers