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This guide provides introductory information about two citation managers, Mendeley and Zotero.


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This guide provides a brief introduction to the features and functions of two reference managers and citation generators, 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

Mendeley and Zotero are reference managers with some bonus features. They are both "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.

Mendeley Zotero
Free storage 2 GB 300 MB
Subscriptions start at $4.99/mo $1.67/mo

Bookmarklet for importing citations from any browser

Standalone Client Program

Cloud Sync & Storage

iPhone/iPad Apps

Firefox Add-on; "Connectors" for other browsers

Standalone Client Program

Cloud Sync & Storage

Unofficial Android Apps

Which should I use?

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

Both Mendeley and Zotero have standalone apps and browser-based functionality, and they both work on Macs, PCs, and Linux.

Both Mendeley and Zotero have the ability to sync your collection of information across computers and with their servers.

If you use an iPad or iPhone regularly for research, consider Mendeley.

If you use an Android device for research, consider Zotero.

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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