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Managing Your Research References: Citation Managers Are the Answer

So many references, so little time... This guide will help you choose a tool to manage your references, make them searchable, make them shareable, and best of all-- generate bibliographies or reference lists

Why You Should Organize Your References

  • Create bibliographic records for your citations, manually or electronically, from databases, catalogs or the Web.
  • Manage data through annotations, self-assigned tags, author-specified keywords, and attachments.
  • Create your own critical abstracts.
  • Search and organize your own database of references according to your personal preferences (Folder, subject, item type, etc.).
  • Link to word processing documents and insert footnotes, endnotes, or in-text citations.
  • Create a standalone reference list using sources within database of references.

Choose Your Manager

 

RefWorks

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote

Best Use

Long-Term Storage and Management of Many Sources

Web-Based Research

Storage and Management of PDFs

Sophisticated Management of Sources

Best Features

Ease of Sharing and Collaboration

Review and Management of Large Numbers of Sources

User-Friendly Design

Screenshot capture of Web material 

Ease of Adding Sources Recognized by Zotero 

Ability to Search Full-Text of Attached Files 

iPhone App (coming soon)

User-Friendly Design

Review and Management of PDFs

Ease of Adding Sources Recognized by Mendeley 

Dropbox Compatible

Customization 

Review and Management of Large Numbers of Sources

Disadvantages

Separate Log-In and RefWorks Window 

Not as intuitive as Zotero 

More complicated to import references 

Works best with traditional resources 

Searching citations is robust - but cannot search the full-text of attached files

Somewhat difficult to manage large numbers of sources

Unable to recognize sources that are not PDFs (e.g., books)

Tied to your desktop 

Steep learning curve 

Complicated to import references 

Works best with traditional resources

Adding Citations to Word Documents

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Access

UTEP Library

Browser plug-in

Online or downloaded software

Desktop

Format

Web-based

Web-based

Web and Desktop based

Software/ Web-based Version(reduced features)

Mobile

Yes, an iPad app.

Yes, a mobile site through zotero.org. There's also an app called ZotPad for iPhone/iPad.

Yes, an app for iPhone/iPad.

Yes, an iPad app.

 

 

 

 

 

Cost

Free for UTEP affiliates

Free for anyone

Free for anyone

Must purchase (~$300)

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