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Different Systems, Same Product?

There are lots of citation management systems out there, from RefWorks to Mendeley, Papers to Zotero, and more. In general, a citation manager will help you:

  • organize and keep track of your references while researching and writing
  • keep notes on and in different references
  • generate citations, footnotes, and bibliographies

This guide presents a comparison of different citation management software. 

Comparison Chart

 The S&T library supports both Mendeley and Zotero, though EndNote is available through the S&T Store.

 

Mendeley Zotero
Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Cost Free up to 2GB, then paid upgrades to storage are available. Free up to 300 MB, then paid upgrades to storage are available.
Type Desktop software, web-based library Desktop software, web-based library
Is there a plugin for writing? Citation plugins exist for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice Citation plugins exist for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. It also interfaces with Google Docs.
Is there a plugin for browsers? Yes. Mendeley Web Importer allows you to save from Chrome and Firefox.  Yes. Zotero Connector allows you to save from Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
What citation styles are supported? Many. Mendeley has all conventional citation styles and others are supported by CSL. Many. Zotero has all conventional citation styles and others are supported by CSL
Does the library provide workshops on this citation management software? Yes. In the fall and in the spring. See the Library Events calendar for more information. Not at the current time. Users with questions can email the library (library@mst.edu) or request a research consultation.
Homepage https://www.mendeley.com/ https://www.zotero.org/
Notes Owned by Elsevier Open Source

 

Mendeley Library Guide