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Cite & Manage Sources: Reference Manager Comparison Chart

Resources to help you cite sources and manage references.

Reference Managers at a Glance

Feature Zotero Mendeley EndNote Basic (EndNote Online)
Cost Free basic account. Cost for additional storage. Free basic account. Cost for additional storage. Free basic account.
Website Zotero Mendeley EndNote Basic
Support Zotero Support Mendeley Support EndNote Support
Web Based? Yes. Standalone app with connectors for Firefox, Chrome and Safari available. Not primarily, but syncs with an online account. Yes
Can I work on multiple computers? Yes Yes Yes
Can I work without an Internet connection? Yes Yes No
Can I work on a group project or share citations? Yes Yes (up to 3 collaborators) Yes
Word-processor Compatibility

MS Word Plugin (Win/Mac)

Open/Libre Office Plugin (Win/Mac/Linux)

Google docs compatibility

MS Word Plugin (Win/Mac)

Open/Libre Office Plugin (Win/Mac/Linux)

MS Word Plugin
Import from databases? Yes Yes Yes
Import from web pages? Yes Yes (bookmarklet for limited number of sites) Yes
Import PDF metadata? Yes Yes No
Storage capacity 300 MB 5 GB 2 GB
Attach files (i.e. PDFs)? Yes Yes Yes
Create a bibliography? Yes Yes Yes
Number of citation styles? 8100+ (selected default styles installed, more styles can be found in the Zotero Style Repository) 7000+ (selected deftault styles installed, more can be found at CitationStyles.org) 3400+

Based on a guide from the University of Guelph-Humber