Lost in Citations? Organize your sources with Zotero, Mendeley, and Endnote.

Citation managers are software tools that help you find, save, and organize the information sources (articles, books, etc.) you need. They do much more than simply generate a citation in a particular style, though they can do that, too! (For accuracy, double-check citations with a style guide.)

A citation manager is great to use when you are working on a large writing project, like a dissertation or other capstone project, for which you need to keep track of many sources.

How do I decide which citation manager to use?

You can find lots of reviews, blog posts, articles, etc. out there about people comparing citation managers. Here's one page that covers the reasons you would choose Zotero, Mendeley, or Endnote. Here is another that compares several different tools. 

Cost is certainly a factor in choosing a citation manager. Fortunately, free options like Zotero and Mendeley are robust and easy to use. You may find that a fee-based tool like EndNote is not necessary for you.

Choosing a citation manager is a personal decision that should involve comparison, experimentation, and a real idea of what it is you want the software to do for you. Even most of the fee-based tools offer free trials, so don’t be afraid to test out various tools before you decide which one best fits your needs.
About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free, online citatation management tool.

You can download Mendeley here: www.mendeley.com/

 

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Mendeley Webinar

This recorded webinar covers many Mendeley basics. After clicking play, click the timestamp in the YouTube description to jump to selected topics.

 

Mendeley Details

Web based

Can sync with online account

Must be online

No, there is a desktop version

Cost

Free for basic account: 2 GB

Option to pay for additional cloud storage ($55/year for 5 GB, $110/year for 10 GB, $165/year for unlimited)

Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux

Mobile Apps

Yes, Mendeley created its own iPad/iPhone app, and Android apps

Word-processor compatibility

MS Word, Open Office, LaTex

Export data to other citation managers

Yes

Import citation from databases

Yes

Import citation info from web pages

Yes

Types of items that can be saved

Book/article citations, PDFs, webpages (URLs + snapshots), video, images

Additional Resources

Guides and tutorials from Mendeley. 

Zotero is a free, online citatation management tool. You can download Zotero here: https://www.zotero.org/

Tutorial

Zotero is a free, online citation management tool.

Additional Resources
Zotero Details

Web based

Can sync with online account

Must be online

No, there is a desktop version

Cost

Free for basic account: 300 MB

Option to pay for additional cloud storage ($20/year for 2 GB, $60/year for 6 GB, $120/year for unlimited)

Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux

Mobile Apps

Yes, created by 3rd parties.

For info, go to http://www.zotero.org/support/mobile

Word-processor compatibility

MS Word, Open Office, Google Docs

Export data to other citation managers

Yes

Import citation from databases

Yes

Import citation info from web pages

Yes, also archives the page and you can add annotations

Types of items that can be saved

Book/article citations, PDFs, webpages (URLs + snapshots), video, images

Tutorial

The Library staff supports students and faculty in their use of EndNote, but the Library does not provide access to the desktop version of EndNote. Access to EndNote Online is available for students and faculty through the library's Web of Science subscription

Contact us by email at library@usa.edu with your EndNote questions.

 

If you are a current student or faculty member of the University, you can earn a certificate of completion by launching the Scholarly Skills Community on Blackboard and completing the following module:

  • Citation Managers (under Formatting and Referencing)

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