This table will help you determine which citation management tool is right for you.

 

RefWorks

EndNote Web

Zotero

Mendeley

Cost

Free while you're at NAU. Can keep your account as an alumnus.Free while you're at NAU. Can't use after graduation.Free. More storage costs extra.Free. More storage cost extra.

Access

Web-based

Web-based

Web extension for Firefox
and
Desktop program option

Desktop program with browser bookmarklet

Can I attach documents to my references?

Yes (links to attachments)

Yes (links to attachments)

Yes (PDF, Word doc, PPT, etc.)

Yes (PDF, Word doc, PPT, etc.)

Can I use it to cite sources in my document?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can I capture citation info from PDFs and Web pages?

Yes (Web pages only)

Yes (Web plugin for Firefox)

Yes

Yes

Share citations with others?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Academic social networking features

Annotation?

Can put notes in the record, not the PDF

Can put notes in the record, not the PDF

Can put notes in the record, and highlight and annotatate web snapshots

Can highlight and annotation PDFs

(Table adapted from Michael Bowman, Manage Citations with Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote and Kim Glover, Intro to Citation Tools.)