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Citation Managers @ URI: Home

Overview of reference and citation managers supported at URI.

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

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This guide provides a brief introduction to the features and functions of reference managers and citation generators supported at URI, RefWorks, Mendeley, 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, Mendeley, and Zotero are reference managers with some bonus features. Mendeley and Zotero are "freemium" products, meaning you get a certain amount of storage for free, but once you hit the limit (1 GB for Mendeley and 300 MB for Zotero), you will need to pay for additional storage.

  RefWorks Mendeley Zotero
Free storage Unlimited 2 GB 300 MB
Subscriptions start at Free to URI Students, Faculty, and Staff $4.99/mo $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

Bookmarklet for importing citations from any browser

Cloud sync & storage for PDFs and attachments

iPhone/iPad Apps

Standalone client program

Browser extensions for importing citations

Cloud sync & storage for PDFs and attachments

Unofficial Android and iOS Apps


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.

Both Mendeley and Zotero have standalone apps and browser-based functionality, and they work on Macs, PCs, and Linux. These are good choices if you aren't always connected to the internet.

Both Mendeley and Zotero have 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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