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Managing your references: Comparison Tables

Features

 
RefWorks
EndNote
EndNote online
Zotero
Mendeley
 Papers               

Availability

This information refers to New RefWorks - look at our RefWorks page for further information.

Web-based

Free via university subscription (including alumni)

Desktop

Version X9 available to download for free through IT Services for your personal PC or Mac

iPad App available on iTunes store.

Web-based

Free

Web browser extension, desktop and mobile app.

Freely available 

Web, desktop and mobile app.

Freely available

Web, desktop and mobile app.

Costs €60 (academic) or 36 (student discount). Mobile app available for free on iTunes store

30 day free trial available

Word processor compatibility

 MS Word

Google Docs

 

MS Word

Apache OpenOffice

Pages

MS Word

Apache OpenOffice

 

MS Word

OpenOffice/LibreOffice

Google Docs

MS Word

LibreOffice

 

MS Word

OpenOffice/ LibreOffice

Pages

Google Docs

Captures from pdf documents and webpages?

Yes ('Save To Refworks' browser plugin available in the 'Tools' section)

Yes (webpages require download of plug in)

Yes ('Capture Reference' tool)

To install it, open EndNote Online, go to 'Downloads' and click on 'Capture Reference')

 

Yes

Yes

 Yes

Captures webpage snapshots?

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

 Yes

Citation / bibliography styles

List of citation styles in RefWorks

New styles can also be created.

 

List of citation styles in EndNote

3,300+

 

List of citation styles in Zotero

 

List of citation styles in Mendeley

 1,600+

List of citation styles in Papers

Sharing / collaboration

Share references with groups

 

Instructions on how to share folders of references in RefWorks

Share references with groups

EndNote guidance on how to share references in different versions of the software

Share references with groups

Instructions on how to share groups in EndNote Online

 

Share references with groups

Information on collaborating with groups in Zotero

Share references and notes with groups

Academic social network

Information on collaborating in Mendeley

Information on sharing collections in Papers

Collaborate with peers

Share papers

December 2020

Pros and Cons

 
RefWorks
EndNote
EndNote online
Zotero
Mendeley
 Papers                     

Pros

This information refers to New RefWorks - look at our RefWorks page for further information.

Large number of citation styles

Bodleian Libraries  subscription provides free access for University members including alumni

Access your library from any computer with an internet connection

Supports MS Word and Google Docs

Institutional subscription provides free access for University members

Copes well with a very large library

iPad App

Large number of citation styles

Journal abbreviation recognition

Word Processor plug in compatible with MS Word, Apache OpenOffice and Pages

Works very well with Web of Science / Web of Knowledge

iPad/iPhone/Android apps

Useful tools for creating references from websites

Extend functionality using plug-ins.

iPad/iPhone/Android apps

Social networking

Collaborative pdf annotation / notes


Mendeley papers catalogue

PDF annotation

Social network 

iPad/iPhone apps

Large number of citation styles              

Cons

Very limited offline access

Not compatible with Libre/Open Office

Not compatible with Linux

Word processor plug-in not compatible with Linux


Limited citation styles and storage

Limited free storage space (300 MB)

Syncing of desktop application to web account NOT automatic

Limited free storage space (2 GB)

Need to purchase the software

Not compatible with Linux

 

December 2020