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Citation Managers

What's the best citation management software for me?

If you decide you'd like to use a citation manager (you don't have to), how do you pick the best tool for you? There are many factors to consider. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, you might be looking for the fastest and easiest option—something with a short learning curve, which lets you grab citations and produce bibliographies in a snap. Oh, and let's not forget: it needs to be free or cheap.

If you're a graduate student or a faculty member, you might have different considerations: the software needs to work well with the databases you use frequently, it must be able to organize and filter a large number of citations, and it should be able to produce a bibliography in the primary style used in your discipline. If you're working on a research team, you'll also want to make sure the software allows you to collaborate with your colleagues smoothly.

U of T has created this guide comparison chart below to help you examine the different features available and figure out the best option for you.  We've adapted it slightly to reflect Ryerson's resources.

 

Comparison Chart

  Zotero

Zotero

EndNote

EndNote Web

Mendeley

Mendeley

WizFolio

WizFolio

What does it look like?

Video tour

Overview video

Video tutorials

Quick start video

How much does it cost? Free and open source Free while at Ryerson Free for everyone Free for everyone (limited version with ads), more features for Ryerson community
How do I get it?

Create account

Download

To sign up: log into Web of Science, click "EndNote" to create account

Log into account

Downloads available upon login, under Options > Download Installers

Create account

Download desktop client

Install Web Importer

Install Word plugin: Windows or Mac

Create account (use your ryerson.ca e-mail for full features)

Install WizAdd

Download WizCite

How does it work? 

Plugin for Firefox or desktop client which can be linked to Chrome or Safari

Backup & sync via web-based account accessible anywhere

Web-based interface accessible through Web of Science

Desktop client (Win/Mac/Linux)

Web-based interface accessible anywhere

Will it work on my computer?

Plugin for Word (Win/Mac), OpenOffice, & LibreOffice (Win/Mac/Linux)

Also works with Google Docs

 

Web Capture bookmarklet for most browsers or Firefox add-on

Cite While You Write plugin for Word (Win/Mac)

Web Importer bookmarklet for most browsers

Plugin for Word (Win/Mac) and OpenOffice (Win/Mac/Linux)

 

WizAdd bookmarklet for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, & IE

WizCite desktop client with plugins for Word (Win, Word for Mac 2011 only), OpenOffice, & LibreOffice (Win/Mac)

Can I use it on my mobile device?

Third party apps for iOS & Android (various prices)

iPad app ($9.99 USD)

iOS app (free) 

iPad-friendly website (free)

Can I save citations while I browse?

Yes: browser plugin grabs citations from many popular databases, manual import using RIS/BiBTeX

Yes: direct export from some databases, manual import using RIS

Yes: grab citations from popular databases using Web Importer

Yes: grab citations using WizAdd bookmarklet, manual import using RIS/BiBTeX 

Can I search external databases?

Limited: ISBN, DOI, or PMID lookup

Yes

No (coming soon)

Yes

Can I attach PDFs or other files? Yes: can automatically grab PDFs with citations, can add notes and other attachments, can retrieve citation data for PDFs, can archive web pages No Yes: can organize and annotate PDFs, can retrieve citation data for PDFs Yes: can attach PDFs and other files, can retrieve citation data for PDFs
Can I run a full text search on my account?

Yes

No

Yes

No

What citation styles are available? 2,800+ citation styles (CSL) 3,400+ output styles 2,800+ citation styles (CSL) 1,000+ citation styles

Can I collaborate with others?

Yes: can share references through public or private group libraries Yes: can share references privately via groups Yes: can share references through public or private groups Yes: can share references publicly or privately

Can I use it after I leave Ryerson?

Yes After graduation, can only access while on Ryerson campus; we recommend you export your references elsewhere Yes Yes
Where can I find more help?

Zotero LibGuide (RULA)

Zotero LibGuide (Scholars Portal)

Zotero Official Documentation & Support

Zotero Screencast Tutorials

Zotero Forums

EndNote Web LibGuide

Mendeley LibGuide (RULA)

Mendeley Getting Started Guide

Mendeley Support Portal

WizFolio LibGuide

Official WizFolio Help Files

Other alternatives

While we've included the most popular examples on the table above, there are plenty more options out there. Some other options you might want to consider:

Check out another great Comparison chart of reference management software on Wikipedia for even more suggestions.

Online citation generators

Did you know there are online citation generators that let you create citations and bibliographies on the fly? These generators usually only offer a few citation styles and features, but if you're writing something short they just might do the trick:

Please note: online citation generators are usually less accurate and reliable than citation management software that has been vetted by many users. Always check your work before submitting it anywhere!