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Urban Planning Research Guide: Comparing Citation Managers

Comparison of EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero Features

Compare Citation Managers

What will it do for me? A quick guide to choosing a reference manager

EndNote Zotero Mendeley

EndNote Logo

MSU has made EndNote available on campus computers. You can set up preferences to search within specific databases and collect citations through a personalized interface, with hundreds of citation styles available.

Zotero Logo

Zotero is a free software that you can download and use on Firefox, with plugins for Chrome and Safari. It saves citations and connections to online media, and takes screenshots of your internet research.

Meneley Logo

Mendeley is a free software that you can download to your computer or use in-browser. It takes all of your PDF article files and organizes them. It allows for tagging, and has a growing community of scholars.

LEARNING CURVE
Takes longer to learn, training recommended. Quick to learn, especially with training. Quick to learn, especially with training.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR USE
Personal copies of EndNote are available for a fee through the Computer Store, or free on campus computers. Since EndNote is desktop-based, syncing between devices can be challenging, but continues to improve. Zotero is used with your personal browser – to use it on multiple devices you have to carry your library settings on an external device or sync via Firefox, which is not secure on a public computer. Mendeley has some difficulty downloading citations and PDF files from library databases. Older PDF files that do not have proper metadata will not give proper citation information to Mendeley.
STORAGE SPACE

EndNote Desktop: your computer's storage capacity.

EndNote Web: 2 GB free, unlimited with purchase of EndNote Desktop.

Zotero Desktop: your computer's storage capacity.

Zotero Online: 300 MB free, additional space for a fee.

Mendeley Desktop: your computer's storage capacity.

Mendeley Online: 2 GB free.

LIBRARY HELP GUIDES
MSU Library's EndNote Guide

MSU Library's Zotero Guide

MSU Library's Mendeley Guide
TRAINING AVAILABLE?

YES

Please see the Schedule of Library Classes for upcoming sessions

YES

Please see the Schedule of Library Classes for upcoming sessions

YES

Please see the Schedule of Library Classes for upcoming sessions

Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?

For more information on which citation manager to use, see the following sites:

Choosing a Citation Manager from the Penn State University Libraries (scroll down for comparison chart)

Zotero vs. EndNote from The Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker Blog

Citation Managers: Comparison of Features from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

Citation Management Tools

Brief overview of software that helps to organize and manage citations.

Direct link to "Citation Management Tools" on MSU Mediaspace

Mendeley

For more information about Mendeley, please see our Mendeley Guide.

Zotero

For more information about Zotero, please see our Zotero Guide.

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