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Choosing a Citation Manager: Home
Choosing a Citation Manager
The University Libraries provides support for EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. EndNote is available at no cost to UTK students, faculty, and staff through OIT’s software download site. Mendeley and Zotero are free to use, but charge for extra storage.
All of these tools allow you to
Store and organize your references.
Works well with PDF content
Back up your files by syncing to a cloud-based version.
Import citations from databases
Highlight and annotate PDFs.
Inserts citations directly into Word.
Automatically format citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, and thousands of other styles.
All of these tools work well, so it’s really a matter of personal choice. You can always migrate to another tool, but it becomes less convenient to switch the longer you use the tool and the more attachments you have to move.
Some reasons to choose EndNote
Has been around longer than Mendeley and Zotero, so it has some advanced features that may be useful to your workflow.
Allows unlimited storage at no extra charge
Provides good technical support.
Allows sharing citation libraries with other users if they also have EndNote.
Reasons to choose Mendeley
Relatively easy to learn
Works well with BibTex
Allows you to share references with 3 other users
More free cloud storage than Zotero
Has a mobile app
Reasons to choose Zotero
Is open source
Works well with web pages and other non-PDF content.
Allows you to share references with any user
Allows easy capture of web pages and references on the web