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Transitioning from RefWorks at Kent State: Comparisons

Comparisons - Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley and others

Comparisons at a glance

  EndNote Basic Mendeley Zotero
Link to resource http://endnote.com/product-details/basic https://www.mendeley.com/​ https://www.zotero.org/
Access  Web-based Desktop client or web-based Browser plug-in & desktop client or web-based
Primary strengths
  • Customizable
  • Can manage vast number of references
  • Excellent support
  • Strong PDF management
  • Strong PDF annotation options
  • Good sharing/collaboration options
  • Supports many formats (web pages, books, etc.)
  • One-click record capture
  • Good sharing/collaboration options
How does it work? Import references exported from databases Import references exported from databases; extracts metadata from PDFs Import references exported from databases; adds a button to web browser; click to extract data from compatible web sites; can extract metadata from PDFs 
Word processor functions? Automatically create and insert citations and reference page Automatically create and insert citations and reference page Automatically create and insert citations and reference page
Annotate PDFs? Yes Yes Yes, with “external” program (e.g., Adobe Reader)
Notes & tags Yes Yes Yes
Supports syncing? Yes Yes Yes
Mobile use App for iOS or EndNote Web App for iOS/Android Mobile site & app for iOS/Android
Citation styles All major styles All major styles; can customize styles All major styles; can customize styles
Link to support Support FAQ & Community Quick links & FAQ

 

Other research institutions have monitored and pulled together comparisons.  These can help decisions for choosing one of the tools.  The following are links to some of those comparisons.

  • MIT - RefWorks subscription ended as of December 31, 2014.
  • University of Illinois - RefWorks subscription ended in 2016.  There is a one page pdf comparison.  
  • University of Manitoba - The comparison handout (pdf) on this site was updated on November 24, 2016.
  • University of Minnesota - Proceeding through a transition from RefWorks during Spring 2017.
  • University of Wisconsin - A much cited comparison of Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.  See quick comparison pdf below.