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Citation Management

Information for ATSU-supported Citation & Reference Managers

What is a Citation Manager?

Citation managers - also called reference managers or bibliographic management software - are programs that store and format scholarly references and citations. They are useful for keeping track of important articles or other works, for formatting citations correctly using a wide variety of citation styles including APA and AMA, and sometimes for sharing research between a group of users. 

Most will allow you to :

  • Store your selected citations and even articles
  • Create correctly formatted lists of citations in a variety of styles 
  • Double-check to be sure of formatting
  • Take notes on or about saved articles
  • Share your selected citations and articles with others

Which Citation Manager Should You Use?

Zotero Mendeley EndNote Basic EndNote DeskTop
Cost
  • Free
  • Free
  • Free
  • Paid subscription option for students
  • Free for ATSU faculty
Maximum Records (Basic Versions)
  • Unlimited Desktop
  • 300 MB free cloud storage
  • Unlimited Desktop
  • 2 GB free cloud storage
  • 10,000 Records in cloud
  • 999,999 on Desktop
Access Options
  • Browser Plugin
  • Desktop Utility
  • Word Integration
  • Mobile App
  • Browser Plugin
  • Desktop Utility
  • Word Integration
  • Mobile App
  • Browser Plugin
  • Word Integration
  • Mobile App
  • Browser Plugin
    • Firefox
  • Desktop Utility
  • Word Integration
Mobile Options Zotero works in a mobile online environment & integrates with assorted apps
APA Citation Formatting
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
AMA Citation Formatting
  • Yes (Requires Additional Free Download)
  • Yes
  • Yes (Requires Additional Free Download)
  • Yes (Requires Additional Free Download)
Longterm Access to Data
  • Perpetual
  • Perpetual
  • Perpetual
  • Perpetual
Collaboration & Sharing
  • Create public and private groups
  • Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers
  • Create public and private groups
  • Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers
  • One private group of 3 members free (costs for private groups)
  • Share EndNote Web account with other EndNote Web users (cannot share file attachments)
  • Free sharing (citations and attachments) of one Endnote Library with up to 14 other people
    • Includes unlimited storage space for PDF attachments
  • Traveling Library within a word processor document
  • Save as compressed file with data subfolder
Link & Upload pdfs
  • Open URL compliant (possible to link to ATSU resources)
  • Add & upload attachments to entries
  • Open URL compliant (possible to link to ATSU resources) 
  • Add & upload attachments to entries
  • Open URL compliant (possible to link to ATSU resources) 
  • Open URL compliant (possible to link to ATSU resources) 
  • Add & upload attachments to entries
Annotate Pdfs
  • No (But can sync Pdfs annotated with 3rd party software or apps)
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
Import Records from Databases
  • Yes
  • Yes
Export Formats
  • BibTeX
  • RIS
  • Refer/BiblX
  • BIbliontology
  • MODS
  • Etc.
  • BibTeX
  • EndNote (XML)
  • RIS
  • Tab Delimited (use with Excel)
  • BibTeX
  • EndNote (XML)
  • RIS
  • Refer export
  • Tab Delimited (use with Excel)
  • BibTeX
  • XML
Integrates with Word
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Work Offline
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
Screencap & Store Webpages
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
Sort & Search Options
  • Sort by Any Field
  • Search by Any Field
  • Sort by Any Field
  • Search by author, title, publication names, year & notes
  • Sort by Author, Title, Year
  • Search by Author
  • Sort by Any Field 
  • Search by Any Field
Pay Upgrades Available
  • Pay for more storage
  • Pay for more storage, more groups, larger groups
  • Pay for access to Endnote Desktop
  • Pay for subscription (students)
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