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Citation Managers @ URI

Overview of reference and citation managers supported at URI.

Important Notice

If you have issues installing RefWorks plugins and you are using Office 365 through URI's subscription, please contact the IT Service Desk directly for assistance. 


This guide provides a brief introduction to the features and functions of reference managers and citation generators supported at URI, RefWorks and Zotero.

If you have questions about these tools, or would like to set up an instruction session for yourself or your class, please contact Amanda Izenstark at 874-4582 or .

Features at a Glance

RefWorks and Zotero are reference managers with some bonus features.

Zotero is a "freemium" product, meaning you get a certain amount of storage for free, but once you hit the limit, you will need to pay for additional storage.

URI subscribes to RefWorks, which means users have access to its full range of features, and can get technical support from RefWorks experts. 

   RefWorks  Zotero
Free storage  Unlimited  300 MB
Subscriptions start at      Free to URI Students, Faculty, and Staff  $1.67/mo

 Cloud-based citation manager

 Bookmarklet for importing citations from any browser

 Stores PDFs and attachments

 Connects to Google Docs & Microsoft Word

 Standalone client program

 Browser extensions for importing citations

 Cloud sync & storage for PDFs and attachments

 iOS App


Which should I use?

To determine which citation manager is best for you, consider how you search for and access information.

RefWorks is cloud-based but does store a copy of your citations in Microsoft Word. You can also connect it to Google Docs. It works best if you have consistent internet access.

Zotero has a standalone app and browser-based functionality, and works on Macs, PCs, and Linux. This is a good choice if you aren't always connected to the internet.

Zotero has the ability to sync your collection of information across computers and with their servers. You can connect RefWorks to Dropbox to save your collection locally.

What about EndNote?

The University Libraries do not provide support for EndNote as users need to pay for their own subscriptions, but EndNote training is available from the manufacturer. RefWorks is an excellent alternative.

If you do wish to configure a purchased copy of EndNote to access full text from URI, there are two pieces of information you will need: the OpenURL Path and the Authenticate With URL.

In the EndNote application, go to File > Preferences > Find Full Text. There you must enter this information and click Apply:

  • OpenURL Path:
  • URL:

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