Citation Management Tools: Which is Best for You?

Do you keep hearing and reading about EndNote from the Health Sciences Library and wondering what it’s all about? Or if it’s the right citation management tool for you? Well we’ve put together a handy comparison chart for some of the major citation management tools that are available to you so that you can try to answer those very questions.

Take a look at the different functionality offered by the various citation management tools that are available. Keep in mind that the Health Sciences Library primarily supports EndNote, since that is the software that the University of Colorado Anschutz provides for it’s affiliates. If you want to know more about how to get access to the EndNote software through the University, visit this website: https://www1.ucdenver.edu/offices/office-of-information-technology/software

Have any questions about EndNote or citation management? AskUs! using the form at this link http://hslibrary.ucdenver.libanswers.com/index.php or by emailing us at AskUs@hsl.ucdenver.libanswers.com. 

EndNote Zotero Mendeley Papers
Cost Desktop version is usually $249.95 but is free for CU Denver affiliates.  EndNote Web is free for everyone. Free, with the option to pay for additional storage Free, with option to pay for additional storage $79
Operating System Requirements Available for Microsoft, MAC, and as an App on iOS devices Windows, Mac, and Linux Windows, Mac, Linux, and as an App on iOS and Android devices Mac and as an App for iOS devices
Word Processor Compatibility Microsoft Word (Mac and Windows) and Pages Microsoft Word (Mac and Windows) Microsoft Word for Windows Microsoft Word (Mac and Windows) and Pages
Online and Offline Access Options Desktop software that can sync with an online account or can be used online only without the desktop software Works as a Browser add-on in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox and can be downloaded to a desktop Desktop software that can sync with an online account Desktop only or Online
Storage Location On hard drive and can be backed up to a cloud server through EndNote Web Default is an online cloud, but can be saved to hard drive if the desktop extension has been added. On hard drive and can be backed up to a cloud server through Mendeley On hard drive and can be backed up to Drop Box
Citing Webpages Have to be created manually Can cite directly from website Can cite directly from website using extension Have to be created manually
Multiple Libraries Capability Yes No No Yes
Storage Capacity Unlimited hard drive and cloud storage with desktop version Unlimited hard drive storage and 100MB in cloud storage Unlimited hard drive storage and 1 GB online syncing with larger amounts available for purchase Based on your Drop Box account
Ability to Create Citation from PDF Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ability to Attach PDF files Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF searching Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF annotation Yes No Yes (but reviews mention it doesn’t work well) Yes
Collaboration Options Can create shared groups and libraries Can create shared groups and libraries Can create shared groups and libraries With Papers for Teams suite
Ability to Edit Citation Styles Yes Yes Yes via Mendeley CSL No
Simultaneous Write Access for Multiple Users No Yes Yes Only with Papers for Teams
Ability to Find Duplicates Yes Yes Yes Yes
Direct Search of Online Databases Yes No Can search Mendeley database (papers in other users libraries) Yes
Spell Check Yes Yes, in the Notes field No No