Comparison of Citation Management Tools

The NCAR Library currently offers the following Citation Management Tools for your use. Each of these tools offers differing benefits. To assist you in deciding the best tool for you we have created a table comparing available features. If you have any specific questions, please Ask a Librarian.

Features EndNoteWeb Mendeley Zotero
Cost Free to UCAR Scientists, Staff and Visitors Free Basic Version Free for UCAR Scientists, Staff and Visitors
Operating Systems Supported Web only (system-independent) Mac, Windows, Linux Download Mac, Windows, Linux Download
Storage/Maximum # of Records 10,000 Unlimited on desktop, 1 GB free web storage Unlimited Desktop, 100 MB free web storage
Field Search Yes, by any field Yes by author, title, publication, names, year & notes Yes, by any field
Advanced Search No No Yes, all fields
Duplicate Detection Yes Yes Yes
Link to PDF's or other materials? OpenURL compliant (automatically uses the NCAR Library Find It links) Can enter URLs directly Can Link to PDF files on the web. OpenURL compliant (must configure Mendeley to use the NCAR Library Find It links)

OpenURL compliant (must configure Zotero to use the NCAR Library Find It links)

  • Web snapshots
  • Add attachments
Add notes to PDFs No Yes Yes
Direct Export from Databases Yes Yes Yes
Creates formatted bibliographies, in-text citations, and footnotes in word processor Yes (MS Word Only) Yes Yes
Collaboration Share EndNote Web account with other EndNote Web users
  • Create public and private groups
  • Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers

Collaborate

  • Create public and private groups
  • Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers
Mobile Device Application No iPad, Smartphones (Android and iOS) Store your collection on the Zotero server. Use your browser to view your collection.
Access Citations Remotely Yes Yes Yes
Store PDF's in Personal Citation Databases Yes Yes Yes
Create a bibliography as a file within citation manager
  • HTML
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Plain Text
  • Word for Windows 2000 or later
  • Word for Mac 98 or later
  • HTML
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Open Office
  • Plain text
Export Options

Export records to:

  • Tab Delimited
  • BibTeX
  • EndNote (XML)
  • RIS

Export records to:

  • BibTeX
  • EndNote (XML)
  • RIS

Export records to:

  • Zotero
  • BibTeX
  • RIS
  • Refer/BiblX
Metadata Extraction Technology No Extraction of DOI's, Pubmed ID's, Arxiv ID's and embedded metadata from PDFs Extraction of DOI's, Pubmed ID's, Arxiv ID's and embedded metadata from PDFs