Citation Software managers are programs that help you gather citations from databases and the Web; organize them into folders by topic or project; choose a citation style; automatically add formatted in-text citations to papers; and at the click of a mouse, create complete bibliographies using those citations.
For information about Citation Styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), see the Colby Libraries guide: All About Citations: How To and Tools
Which software manager will meet your needs?
|Cost||Colby institutional subscription||Free; paid upgrades available||Colby institutional subscription||Free and open source|
|Access after graduation||Only with desktop version; must pay for upgrades||Yes||Yes, through RW Alumni program||Yes|
|Platform||Both Mac & PC||Both Mac & PC||Both Mac & PC||Both Mac & PC|
|Mobile device?||iPad app||3rd party apps||Via mobile website||iPhone, iPad app|
|Web-based?||Desktop and web (EndNote Online)||Desktop and web||Yes||Desktop & web|
|Store PDFs?||Yes||Yes & annotate||Yes & annotate/share||Yes|
|Sharing possible?||Create groups through EndNote Online||Create groups, share a database, comments; social networking features||Create groups to share citations, folders, PDFs, annotations, notes||Create groups, share databases|
|Choice of citation styles?||1000s||Some pre-loaded; 1000s available for download from Zotero||1000+ w/ multiple library view options (with & without annotations)||1100+|
|Need import filters?||For specific databases|
|Ease of linkage to databases||Direct linkage from Ebsco databases, JSTOR||Direct linkage from Scopus, export in RIS format, or save PDF to desktop and drag into application||Direct linkage from many databases, often with dedicated "export to Refworks" option.||Direct linkage from many databases|
|Integrates with MS Word to create/format in-text citations and reference lists?||Yes, download plug-in||Yes, download plug-in||Yes, download plug-in||Yes, download plug-in|
|Capture web page and create record?||No||Yes; also capture bibliographic data from a web page||Yes, captures bibliographic data from a web page||Yes; also capture bibliographic data from a web page|
|Transfer records from other bibliographic software?||Yes (RefWorks)||Yes (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero)||Yes (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero)||Yes (EndNote, Mendeley|