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Choosing a Citation Manager: Comparing EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero
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 citation managers 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 application and the more attachments you have to move.
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
Provided by UT as an institutional subscription
Reasons to choose Mendeley
Relatively easy to learn
Works well with BibTex
Allows you to create up to 5 groups and to share files with 25 users per group.
More free cloud storage than Zotero
Reasons to choose Zotero
Is open source and free to use (can upgrade if you need more storage)
Works well with web pages and other non-PDF content
Can easily collaborate and share resources
Allows easy capture of web pages and references on the web