Citation Management

Citation management tools can help organize and cite your research, and a variety of options are available. Some of these options are listed below, with some pros and cons to each. 

Zotero

  • Free on desktop, up to 300MB of online storage
  • Desktop & cloud based options
  • PDF storage, reading & tagging
  • Annotate and highlight PDFs
  • MS Word & Google Docs plug-ins

RefWorks

  • Free to NC State users and alumni
  • Cloud based only
  • PDF storage, reading & tagging
  • Annotate and highlight PDFs
  • MS Word & Google Docs plug-ins

Mendeley

  • Free
  • Desktop & cloud based options
  • PDF storage, reading & tagging
  • Annotate and highlight PDFs
  • MS Word plug-in

EndNote

  • Costs money
  • Relatively complex to learn
  • Desktop & cloud based options
  • PDF storage, reading & tagging
  • Annotate and highlight PDFs
  • Excellent at handling large (1000+ sources) libraries
  • MS Word plug-in
 ZoteroRefWorksMendeleyEndNote
Cost

Desktop: Free

Cloud storage: 300MB free, cost for further storage

Free for NC State users

Desktop: Free

Cloud storage: 2GB free, cost for more under Account

Desktop: Yes https://endnote.com/buy 

Web Classic: Free

PDF annotation & highlightingYesYesYesYes
Ability to search full text of PDFs and annotations YesAnnotations onlyNo - Title, author, & year onlyYes
Compatibility with word processing programsMS Word, Google Docs, LibreOffice MS Word, Google DocsMS Word, LibreOffice MS Word, Google Docs
Importing citations from other databasesYesYesYesYes
Group folders for collaborative workYesYesYesLimited to specific versions
Ability to write and cite synchronously from shared librariesYesYesNoVersion 21 & later only
Browser plugin to extract citations from pagesYesYesYesYes
Mobile capabilitiesYes, mobile appYes, browser onlyYes, browser onlyYes, browser only
Compatible with LaTeXYes; exports all major formatsYes; exports BibTeX, RIS, .TSV, XMLYes: exports .Bibtex, RIS, and .XML  Yes; exports all major formats

 

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