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Citation Managers: Mendeley and Zotero

This guide was adapted from one created by Chad Curtis at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Citation Management Tools

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These tools allow you to organize a personal database of resources that you can use to create citations and bibliographies.

Reasons to choose Mendeley:

Your research content is primarily scholarly and contained in PDF files: Mendeley has an integrated PDF viewer and can create citation records just from importing a PDF file. Mendeley has a strong social network and community platform.

Reasons to choose Zotero:

Your research content is diverse. Zotero can gather citation records for non-PDF content easily. Zotero's single-click capture works with more databases, catalogs, and websites than Mendeley's Web Importer. 

Citation Manager Comparison Chart

Features

Mendeley

Zotero 

Cost

Free up to 2GB

Free up to 300MB 

Share resources w/ others

YES

YES

Social network

YES

YES

Compatible w/current browsers 

YES

Firefox – full features
Does not work w/ IE

Direct export from databases

YES

YES

Creates formatted bibliographies, in-text citations,  & footnotes

YES

YES

Store PDFs

YES

YES

Annotate PDFs

YES

NO

Extract data from PDFs

YES

YES

Citation styles

6000+

16 installed
6000+ can be added

Access

Web & Desktop

Firefox extension

Mobile Technology

YES

YES

Accessibility

Not accessible

Not enough information

 

Other Comparisons

There are numerous comparisons of citation management tools from other universities. Please note that some universities offer software discounts unavailable at UMass Boston. 

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